Delacorte Clock


Delacorte Clock in Central Park

 

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.

Location

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

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Details

  • Plays daily every hour and half-hour, 8am to 5pm
  • Tunes change seasonally