The German Watch Museum Glashütte takes pride of place in the centre of Glashütte. Inaugurated May 22, 2008, the museum is the brainchild of Nicolas G. Hayek, whose non-profit foundation is dedicated to matters of art, culture, science, research and education in the field of watchmaking.
The museum, cofounded by the town of Glashütte and Glashütte Original, occupies two floors of the building erected to house Glashütte’s first German School of Watchmaking, founded in 1878. Now fully restored, the building is home to the museum and to the Alfred Helwig School of Watchmaking.
Under the motto „The Fascination of Time – Bringing Time Alive“, the innovative watch museum illuminates not only the fine art watchmaking, but facilitates also an emotional and philosophical access to the phenomenon of time itself.
The museum presents more than 400 unique exhibits, enhanced by multimedia tools, chosen to illustrate the history of watchmaking in Glashütte from the 1840s to the present day.
On view are unique astronomic pendulum clocks, Glashütte pocket watches and wristwatches from different periods, marine chronometers and escapement models.
Historical documents and patents, tools and workbenches as well as astronomical models and metronomes complete the exhibition and turn the visit into a fascinating and emotional experience.
Visitors to the museum proceed through historical rooms and time rooms. The former present the historical context and the people who played a key role in the establishment of the industry, among them Julius Assmann, Moritz Grossmann, F.A. Lange and Adolf Schneider, collectively referred to as “the founding fathers” of Glashütte.
Themed exhibition rooms invite visitors to focus on selected aspects of watchmaking practice and technology. Unique timepieces and unusual exhibits demonstrate the gradual development of the watchmaking industry in Glashütte.
As an experience-orientated ‘time world’ the museum is designed to appeal not only to watch enthusiasts but is also consciously orientated to the general public, to families and to young people.