Stepping Out

The time is now for exhibition on clocks at Palo Alto museum

The Museum of American Heritage’s latest exhibition, “Time Machines: Clocks & Timekeeping,” is scheduled through Sept. 14 in Palo Alto.

The exhibition explores timekeeping practices and devices from the introduction of the sundial by the Egyptians circa 3500 B.C. to the precise atomic clock of the 1940s.

In addition to explanations of clock mechanisms, “Time Machines” examines the role of timekeeping in early navigation and in the Industrial Revolution, when workers moved from the home to the factory and trains had to run on time.

The exhibition includes a wide array of clocks from the museum’s collection and local collectors.

The museum is located at 351 Homer Ave., between Bryant and Waverley streets. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. The museum is closed on holidays. Admission is free.

For more information, call 321-1004 or visit

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