The tower-clock museum
The museum originated from an idea of the clockmaker Giovanni Bergallo. In 1984, the first public exposition of some pieces of the Bergallo factory took place; there, Mr Bergallo publicly expressed his will to have a museum set in his own town, in order to gather all the testimonies to the rich clock-making and the family love for time machines.
After about ten years the Museum was established, on 3rdApril 1996. The official inauguration took place on 7th April 1997 in Bardino Nuovo former town hall.
After some years, restorative measures were necessary due to the arrival of new items and the growing nationwide importance of the museum. Restoration work ended in 2011 with an expansion of the total surface area of the museum and a new exhibition itinerary, realized with the support of region Liguria and the foundation De Mari.
The clocks exhibited in the museum are original pieces gatherd by the Bergallo family and coming from collectors’, churches’ and other corporations’ donations. Besides the clocks, there are clock faces, minute hands and hour hands, and other particular items coming from steeples and pulleys – items that testify to the unique and rich history of the clock-making technique and mechanisms.
October – May:
Saturday 15-18.30, Sunday 10.30-14.00 – 15-18.00
June – September:
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 18-22
Visits last about 45 minutes. You can visit the museum by yourself thanks to the explanatory captions.