The museum is located on the lower level of Bahnhofstrasse 31, the main shopping boulevard. It is affiliated with Chronometrie Beyer, a high grade watch retailer run by the same family for generations.
The core of the museum was acquired during the life of Theodore 'Teddy' Beyer, a pioneer in collecting antique timekeepers. The collection is made up of premechanical timekeepers (sundials, sandglasses, water and fire clocks) as well as clocks and watches from around the world and covering all eras.
Many of the displayed pieces are unique and/or significant in the history of watchmaking, and therefore are often loaned out to major museums around the world. The collection includes one of the early marine chronometers by Ferdinand Berthoud, a pendule sympathique by Breguet, a pocket watch with astronomical indications by Auch, several bespoke late 20th century watches by George Daniels, one of the few reproductions of the astrarium by De Dondi to name just a few highlights. Furthermore, there are superb Geneva made enameled pocket watches, and a most instructive timeline illustrating the history of the Neuchâtel pendule.
Additionally there is a good small display of locally made clocks and watches including such Zurich makers as Bachoffner, Liechti and Ochsner.
- Deutsches Uhrenmuseum
- National Watch and Clock Museum
- Mussee Internationale d'Horlogerie
- Clockmakers' Museum
- Royal Observatory, Greenwich
- Uhrenmusem Beyer, Zurich (in German) (in English)
- Beyer, Theodore (author): The Museum of Time Measurement Beyer Zurich, Verlag Calley, Munich, 1982, ISBN 3-7667-0637-3
- Beyer, Rene (au & Meiss, Reinhard (authors): Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zurich, Antike Uhren, Neuerwerbungen, Verlag Calley, Munich, 1982, ISBN 3-7667-1204-7