Every museum I have ever been to has enabled me to walk away with the feeling that I have learned something new. All museums document interesting histories that educate and inspire people. Such is the Canadian Clock Museum at 60 James Street, Deep River, Ontario, operated by curator Allan Symons.
In both 2014 and 2015 we visited the Canadian Clock Museum in Deep River Ontario a 2 1/2 hour drive from the nation’s capital, Ottawa, Ontario. It is certainly worth a visit and I found myself learning even more on my second tour. It has an interesting collection of clocks, mostly from North America though it has the best collection of Arthur Pequegnat clocks that I know of outside a private collection. I have written about Arthur Pequegnat clocks in previous posts and as regular readers would know, I have a modest collection.
The Arthur Pequegnat Clock Company made clocks in Kitchener, Ontario (called Berlin, Ontario up to 1917) to 1941 when the company ceased production. Pequegnat clocks were wholly made in Canada unlike other manufacturers that built and assembled cases in Canada and imported movements from the US, England, France and Germany. Other short-lived companies such as the Canada Clock Company and Hamilton Clock Company also made both cases and movements but not at the volume of Arthur Pequegnat.
There are many manufacturers represented at this museum and even if you have only a passing interest in clocks you would no doubt find the displays both interesting and thought provoking. Other clock companies represented are the Western Clock Company, Walter Clocks, the Snider Clock Corporation, Seth Thomas who operated a factory in Peterborough from the 1930’s to the 80’s, Breslin Industries, the Hammond Company of Canada Ltd to name just a few. Curiously, Canadian Clock Maker Martin Cheney who made high quality wall and floor clocks in Montreal in the early 1800’s is not represented.
There are even some special clocks such as this Synchronome electrical impulse master clock from the 1930’s.
You can spend time at the museum talking to its knowledgeable curator or avail yourself of the manuals and documents at hand and conduct your own research into a specific clock. This museum is certainly modest by museum standards and not comparable to the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors Museum in Columbia, Penn, USA. However, if you have any interest in clocks I strongly encourage you visit this one if you are in Canada or seek out the clock museum in your own country and take the time to understand the history not only of clocks that might have been produced in your country but those from around the world.