Timexpo Museum

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Timexpo
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Timexpo Museum Exterior with Moai statue
Established 2001
Dissolved 2015
Location 175 Union St, Waterbury, Connecticut, United States
Type History museum, horology museum
Owner Timex Group USA, Inc.
Website Timexpo.com
Museum logo

The Timexpo Museum in Waterbury, Connecticut was dedicated to the history of Timex Group and its predecessors, featuring exhibits going back to the founding of Waterbury Clock Company in 1854.[1][2][3] The museum was located in the Brass Mill Commons shopping center and its location was marked by a 40-foot (12 m) high replica of an Easter Island Moai statue which connected with the museum's archaeology exhibit.[4][5] The museum is 14,000 square feet (1,300 m2) with approximately 8,000 dedicated to the two main exhibits: the company's history of timepieces and archaeology.[5]

For decades, Waterbury has been known as the Brass Capital, despite a decrease in its manufacturing history over many years. The building that housed the museum was the former executive office of the Scovill Manufacturing Company and Century Brass Company, and is the only remaining building of the 44-acre (180,000 m2) brass mill complex.[5] Timex Group owed its origins to the Waterbury brass industry as the original clockmaking company was founded as a department of brass manufacturer Benedict & Burnham – a local competitor to Scovill – in 1854. Waterbury Clock quickly spun off as a legally incorporated business on March 27, 1857 due to its early success.[6]

The museum focused on important moments of Timex Group's history, including an exhibit on the U.S. Army commissioning Waterbury Clock Company in 1917 to provide wristwatch versions of the Ingersoll Ladies Midget pocketwatch for soldiers heading overseas, but the museum was not limited in scope.[3][7] It included aspects of local history, including letters from Mark Twain, who lived for a time in nearby Hartford, as well as exhibits concerning the travels of settlers across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans based on the explorations of Thor Heyerdahl.[5][8]

The museum was approved to go forward in 1999 and finally opened in May 2001.[9] Museum costs were estimated at $4.8 million, with the Naugatuck Valley Development Corporation providing approximately $500,000 and Timex funding the rest.[10]

The final cost was $5.45 million, including $2 million from the Naugatuck Valley Development Corporation and the Connecticut Department of Economic Development and Community Development.[5]

The museum closed at the end of September, 2015, because of low attendance.[11][12]

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  1. ^ "Timexpo Museum". The Wilton Bulletin. 2004-03-18. Retrieved 2008-06-09. 
  2. ^ Fred Musante (2001-06-24). "Residue from Industrial Past Haunts State". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-06-09. 
  3. ^ a b McDermott, Kathleen (1998). Timex: A Company and Its Community. ISBN 0-9675087-0-3. 
  4. ^ Hammer, David (2000-08-19). "Waterbury, Conn., Approves 40-foot (12 m) Statue for City Museum". The Waterbury Republican-American. Retrieved 2008-06-09. 
  5. ^ a b c d e D.A. Narducci III (2001-10-21). "A Home for Time - The Timexpo Museum" (PDF). The Waterbury Republican American. Retrieved 2008-06-09. [dead link]
  6. ^ Anderson, Joseph; Prichard, Sarah Johnson; Lydia Ward, Anna (1896). "Chapter XXIII The Smaller Brass Companies". The town and city of Waterbury, Connecticut, Volume 2. New Haven, CT: The Price and Lee Company. pp. 377–380. LCCN 98000206. Retrieved 2009-11-02. 
  7. ^ "Timexpo Museum and Easter Island Statue (Closed)". Roadside America. Retrieved 13 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "Here & There". The Charlotte Observer. 2001-05-20. Retrieved 2008-06-09. 
  9. ^ "Waterbury, N.Y., Agency Expected to Move Forward on Museum Project". Tribune Business News. 1999-09-20. Retrieved 2008-06-09. 
  10. ^ "Waterbury, Conn.-Area Officials to Seek Funding for Museum". Tribune Business News. 1999-08-27. Retrieved 2008-06-09. 
  11. ^ "Timex Museum Prepares to Shut Its Doors". New York Times. September 17, 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2016. 
  12. ^ "Waterbury's Timex museum slated to close". WFSB. April 22, 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2016. 

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Coordinates: 41°33′07″N 73°02′06″W / 41.552°N 73.0351°W / 41.552; -73.0351