The Museum of Industrial Clock Making was opened on 12 December 1994 in the former premises of the Württemberg Clock Factory Bürk & Söhne. It was the first factory in Schwenningen and the first clock factory in the former German state of Württemberg. While the museum is now located in the centre of the city of Schwenningen, the factory was built on the outskirts of Schwenningen, north of the district 'Ob dem Brückle'.
The old rural and the modern industrial Schwenningen meet here. It marked the beginning of Schwenningen's rapid transformation from a village of craftsmen and farmers to an industrial town.
- 19th century
Foundation of the Württemberg Clock Factory (Württembergische Uhrenfabrik)
The company's first factory building is the present-day Bürk Villa
A larger factory building is erected at the corner of today's Bertha-von-Suttner-Straße and Bürkstraße.
The buildings, which are now listed and house, among other things, the Museum of Industrial Clock Making, are built.
- 20th century
The large boiler house with steam engines, generators and chimney is built.
The first factory and residential building becomes a representative factory owner's villa, today's Bürk Villa.
The construction activities are completed with the completion of a manufacturing hall in shed construction.
The former Schwenningen museum director Dr. Reinartz obtains a municipal council resolution to establish an industrial museum.
With the economic decline of the clock industry, which is so important for Schwenningen, the Württemberg Clock Factory Bürk & Söhne also has to file for bankruptcy.
- Since 1985
After the partial demolition of the factory, the building will be renovated and converted into residential and museum space.
Resolution to establish a clock industry museum at the general meeting of the Schwenningen local history society
A group of committed citizens initiates and promotes the Clock Industry Museum project. The collection of documents, tools, machines and clocks is started in order to preserve the memory and knowledge of the location of the clock industry.
- 2 May 1990
Founding meeting of the association 'Förderkreis Lebendiges Uhrenindustriemuseum e.V.'.
- 12 December 1994
The Museum of Industrial Clock Making is opened.
The museum will be expanded to include the rooms of the 'Türmlebau'. The possibility of temporary exhibitions is created.
- 21st century
In the area of the 'Türmlebau', a visitors' laboratory is being built to illustrate how a mechanical clock works.
Luigi Micheletti Prize of the European Museum Forum for the best technical museum.
The visitors' laboratory will be dismantled to expand the temporary exhibition space.