Watchmaking museums

Musée du Temps de Besançon

France | Besançon

Yard of the Granvelle palace © G.Vieille, city of Besançon

Set in the prestigious Palais Granvelle, this astonishing and original museum takes visitors on a journey through time and makes sense of what can seem an abstract notion.

The historical, technical and scientific aspects of time measurement are presented on the first two floors while the third floor hosts temporary exhibitions. From the top of the tower, visitors enjoy a sweeping view of the town, and the chance to experience the rotation of the Earth, thanks to the Foucault pendulum.


Musée du Temps de Besançon
96, Grande rue
F-25000 Besançon
Phone 0033 3 81 87 81 50
Fax 0033 3 81 87 81 60


Tuesday to Saturday: 9.15 am-12h and 2pm-6pm
Sunday: 10am-6pm
closed on Mondays, the 1st of january, the 1st of May, the 1st of November and the 25th of December.
Guided tours and workshops for groups and school parties all year with advance bookings on 00 33 3 81 87 81 50 and online.
All the latest news and events are on the museum’s website