Watch Spotting at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Smithsonian Lindbergh Waltham 8 Days Clock - CloseupBecause it is one of the five most visited museums in the world, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC hardly needs any further recommendation. But just in case you have not as yet felt the immediate need to see the largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world, there’s also an exhibition dedicated to “Time and Navigation” on the second floor.

As a visitor, you can explore how revolutions in timekeeping over three centuries have influenced how we find our way. And that means you can see quite a lot of watches and clocks, too. Scroll down to see photos of some of the highlight. (And the NASM also provides a great multimedia gallery featuring all the exhibits here).

Smithsonian Time and Navigation Exhibition - sign

Smithsonian - Outside
Smithsonian - Charles Wilkes Arnold Dent Expedition Chronometer
A marine chronometer by Arnold & Dent (No. 131)
Smithsonian - Charles Wilkes Molyneaux Expedition Chronometer
Marine Chronometer by Molyneaux & Son (No. 1436)
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