Once upon a time… In the late 18th century and early 19th century, Paris was the beating heart of Europe. In this glamorous city, beauty was brought to life. Both artists and craftsmen led the way in sculpture and applied art in what we call the La Belle Époque. One of the most exclusive and refined products made in Paris during this time were gilt bronze narrative mantel clocks. These showpieces could be found in royal courts and in the apartments owned by nobles throughout Europe.


The bells in Once Upon a Time depict stories from Greek and Roman mythology, in which gods and goddesses such as Apollo, Venus and Cupid play an important role. There are also clocks with Egyptian figures, hieroglyphs and obelisks, the fall of Troy and events from the early days of Rome. But there are also mantel clocks with everyday trends from Paris after the French Revolution as subjects. The clocks come into their own in the exclusive building in the heart of Amsterdam and the museum café with terraces has a great view over the Museumplein and the Rijksmuseum.

Audio tours

There are two free audio tours in Dutch, English, French and German.

For more information and tickets, visit the Once Upon a Time website .

Visit Once Upon a Time with your City Card

Visit Once Upon a Time with your City Card and get a 25% discount on the entrance fee. Make sure your City Card is valid at the time of your visit.