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    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.


    Opening periods

    Low season from 2 November to 31 March (excluding school holidays): Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday / 2pm-6pm High season from 1 April to 31 October, and during zone A school holidays: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday / 10am-12.30pm 2pm-6pm All year round: Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays / 10am-6pm non-stop
    from Thursday 05/02 to Thursday 10/31/2024-Tue-Fri : from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm / from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm - Sat, Sun : from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
    from Saturday 11/02 to Monday 11/04/2024-Tue-Fri : from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm / from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm - Sat, Sun : from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
    from Tuesday 11/05 to Sunday 12/22/2024-Tue-Fri : from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm - Sat, Sun : from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
    Tuesday 12/24-from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm / from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    from Thursday 12/26 to Tuesday 12/31/2024-Tue-Fri : from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm / from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm - Sat, Sun : from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

    Practical information

    Group service


    New technology and images
    Science and technology


    Specific theme activities
    Adult workshop
    Junior workshop
    Temporary exhibitions

    Visits for individuals

    Duration of the visit 1 MINUTE

    Tours for groups


    Room rental


      MINI Max Additional information
    Gratuities1st Sunday of the month
    Base rate - full rate adult8.6 €-Combined ticket with the Museum of Fine Arts and Archaeology and Maison Victor Hugo
    Other rate6.5 €-Bisontin rate
    Other rate4.3 €-reduced rate

    Means of payment

    Credit card
    Payment cards
    Cheques and postal orders
    Eurocard - Mastercard

    See also


    Besançon Pass Tourisme


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