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Musee du Temps et Palais Granvelle

Closed Now: 9:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Open today: 9:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
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This visit is a must in Besançon. You can go around on your own or with a guide. We came on Sunday... read more

Reviewed October 10, 2017
Lyon, France
A must if you are interested in watchmaking over the centuries

We visited Besancon specifically beacause my husband wanted to see this museum. He was not... read more

Reviewed September 10, 2017
Cape Town, South Africa
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96 Grande rue | Entrée dans la cour du Palais Granvelle, 25000, Besancon, France
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Reviewed June 27, 2018 via mobile

We loved this museum. Collect the english guide in the office as you pay, and if a senior citizen get a half price rate. At 2.50 euros it’s so worth it. The history of clocks and watches is beautifully explained, with incredible time pieces displayed...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Pamela K
Reviewed October 10, 2017

This visit is a must in Besançon. You can go around on your own or with a guide. We came on Sunday and the museum was free. There are many many outstanding watches, clocks to see and you learn a lot. The museum is in...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed September 10, 2017

We visited Besancon specifically beacause my husband wanted to see this museum. He was not disappointed at all. It takes one on a journey through time, from astronomical clocks to modern day ones, all shapes and sizes, hidden in artwork and a work of art...More

Date of experience: April 2017
3  Thank CorneCapeTown
Reviewed October 15, 2016

This museum is located in a former palace that was built in the 16th century and was renovated in 2006. It is on the main street in the downtown area of Besancon.The exhibits are varied and include a replica of a 1720 relief model of...More

Date of experience: October 2016
3  Thank SusanGH
Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

This museum is in a beautiful part of the city, Place Granvelle, we enjoyed all the exhibits and lunch afterwards in the square with statue of Victor Hugo, born in Besançon. Maison Victor Hugo is farther up the street, very interesting also.

Date of experience: July 2016
1  Thank coraking
Reviewed July 11, 2016

Loved this museum which we fit into our last morning in Besancon. Covering both time (clocks) and the passage of time.

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank Maria S
Reviewed July 11, 2016

Had a group tour (private) to the museum as part of a symposium at ENSMM. Very nice collection, in good condition, and our tour guide was great.

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank Peanut-NL
Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

What an interesting and unusual museum this is. Sited in an old town house and on several floors, but with a lift, the museum walks you through the history of clock making, starting with early sundials up to modern time pieces. There are examples of...More

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank Carol F
Reviewed May 22, 2016

Sunday's are free at the museums. Perfect time to visit very interesting displays of artwork and rare, old timepieces.

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank 1Michelle
Reviewed May 6, 2016

It is undeniable that the region was one of the leading figures in the innovation and the development of the watch industry. The museum is huge and it presents various stages of the watch manufacturing along with some breath taking masterpieces. It does also contains...More

Date of experience: March 2016
Thank Alex A
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