Musée du Temps

Musée du Temps


The Musée du Temps in Besançon: a museum in a palace

Located in the heart of a prestigious Renaissance palace, the Granvelle Palace, the Time Museum retraces the great moments of watchmaking in Besançon, bringing together the history of time measurement and the history of the city.

The evocation of Besançon as a "watchmaking capital" is reflected in the museum through the city's heritage collections. In addition to the famous Leroy 01, long considered the most complicated watch in the world, the museum presents some of the instruments of the Besançon Astronomical Observatory, which certified the correct operation of the chronometers, as well as the educational material of the National Watchmaking School. In addition, the watchmaking collections offer an overview of the history of the discipline, with Ferdinand Berthoud and Antide Janvier representing some of the greatest names in watchmaking history.

At the same time, tapestries, famous people, relief drawings, historical paintings, furniture and objets d'art invite us to delve into the history of the place, the town and even the Franche-Comté region.

To finish, a panorama of the city's roofs is offered to visitors after contemplating Foucault's famous pendulum, located at the foot of the palace tower, which gives rhythm to the Earth's rotation.

Musée du Temps
96 Grande rue
Palais Granvelle
  • Pets not allowed
  • Temporary exhibitions
Prices & Schedules Opening :

From 02/01/23 to 05/02/23 of 14:00 to 18:00.
Closed on : Tuesday

From 06/02/23 to 19/02/23 of 10:00 to 12:30 - of 14:00 to 18:00.
Closed on : Tuesday

From 20/02/23 to 31/03/23 of 14:00 to 18:00.
Closed on : Tuesday

From 01/04/23 to 05/11/23 of 10:00 to 12:30 - of 14:00 to 18:00.
Closed on : Tuesday

From 06/11/23 to 24/12/23 of 14:00 to 18:00.
Closed on : Tuesday

From 26/12/23 to 31/12/23 of 10:00 to 12:30 - of 14:00 to 18:00.
Closed on : Tuesday

In low season from 2 November to 31 March (excluding school holidays): Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday / 2-6pm
In high season from 1 April to 31 October, and during the school holidays in zone A: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday / 10am-12.30pm 2pm-6pm
All year round: Saturday, Sunday and public holidays / 10am-6pm without interruption

Prices :
  • Base rate - full rate adult : 8.4€
  • Other rate (Bisontin rate) : 6.3€
  • Gratuities (1st Sunday of the month)
  • Other rate (reduced rate) : 4.2€
Special opening conditions :

The Museum of Time will close on Monday 8 November and reopen in mid-June 2022.

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