Calling all young inventors and history enthusiasts! Join us in our Make a Clock workshop inspired by the ingenious creations of Al-Jazari; a legendary engineer and scholar from the Islamic Golden Age.

Embark on a captivating journey through time with us as we explore Al-Jazazri's remarkable elephant water clock invented back in the 12-13th centuries.

Al-Jazari's elephant water clock was a marvel of medieval engineering. It was an automated clock featuring a life-size elephant that poured water through its trunk to indicate the passage of time. It's no surprise such an invention was crafted in the Islamic world, as timekeeping is very important to Muslims for the purpose of signalling the times for the five daily prayers. You can learn more about Al-Jazari's clock in our Islamic Contributions to Civilisation Gallery.

During our Make a Clock workshop, kids will delve into the history and mechanics of Al-Jazari's impressive invention, while also having the chance to create their own modern clocks from plywood.

With all materials supplied, our facilitator will guide participants through the process of painting and assembling their clocks. The final result will be a fabulous and functional timekeeping masterpiece.

Register today for this fun S.T.E.A.M activity and let's travel through time together, one clock at a time!

Terms and Conditions:
  • A minimum of 5 participants are required for this workshop to run.
  • In the unlikely event that we cancel the workshop, you will be notified by email with at least 48 hours notice. We will also fully refund you after we receive your completed Refund Request Form.
  • Cancellations made by participants within 72 hours or no-shows on the day are non-refundable.
Note: Parents/guardians do not need to purchase a ticket if they are accompanying a participant to the workshop. However, parents/guardians will need to purchase an admission ticket from reception on the day if they wish to explore the Museum.

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