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Delacorte Clock

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Named after philanthropist George T. Delacorte, the clock brings seasonal chimes and nursery rhymes on the half hour. It is one of the most popular features in Central Park. The clock sits atop a three-tiered tower and features a band of whimsical animals: two bronze monkeys banging hammers against a bell; a penguin on drum; a hippo on violin; a bear and his tambourine; a concertina-playing elephant; a goat with pipes; and a kangaroo on horn. The animals circle the tower to one of 44 tunes that change seasonally. Conservancy staff inspect the clock to help keep the clock in good order. With much of the electric system exposed to the elements, the piece needs careful attention. About 30 fuses get replaced during the cold winter months.

Please note: Tuesday, June 14 - Wednesday, June 15, Central Park Conservancy will perform annual maintenance work to the Delacorte Clock. During this time the clock will not be operational.

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Near: South End


Inside the Central Park Wildlife Conservation Center at 64th Street and Fifth Avenue

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