West Coast Clock and Watch Museum

Since September 2000 the museum has been housed in Bellingham, Washington, at the historic Old Bellingham City Hall.  This was never intended to be a permanent location but rather an incubation spot to achieve our goal of a permanent home.   We were unable to expand, or materially increase the exhibits.  Lack of exhibit space also limited the donation of some sizeable collections of clocks and watches and with the location being so far north it was inaccessible to most people.  Due to this and other considerations we are pleased to now be in Vista with the potential of achieving our ultimate goals.

The goal of our move to the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum in Vista, CA is to construct a building with sufficient space to house our current exhibits with room to expand for pledged collections and future exhibits.  There also will be a school, classrooms, library and a conservation facility for restoration and repair of exhibit items.

Vista is located in Southern California, between San Diego and Oceanside.  AGSEM is located on 55 acres, and 2016 marks  40 years in this location.  This complex currently houses not only antique gas and steam engines, but also tractor engines, locomotives, Blacksmith and Wheelwright shop, Textile exhibit, scale model railroad exhibits and much more.

The AGSEM is literally a self-sustaining non-profit corporation. The bulk of the Museum operating budget comes from activities and events promoted, planned and manned by volunteer members. The museum is also generously supported by the County of San Diego which provides the 55 acre museum site; and numerous corporate sponsors. Many of the Museum's educational programs, exhibits and their endowment fund are funded via grants and individual donors. The museum is registered as a non-profit 501c3 corporation and all gifts of collection items, cash or tangible property are tax deductible. 

As a museum supporter you have an opportunity to help this project achieve maximum success.  A building fund drive is currently in progress with all funds going directly into the building fund: no overhead or fund raising costs are diverted.  Everything you give will help the museum attain our goal: a permanent building to allow us to realize our full potential.  So, a substantial contribution will go a long way toward meeting our fund raising goals, and all contributions are fully deductible under 501c (3) and all contributions will be acknowledged.   Also, your contribution will be matched dollar for dollar by the AGSEM. 

•    Call your WCCWM donations and Chapter 180 membership applications into our museum with your credit card at AGSEM’s toll free number - (800) 587-2286 – between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Pacific Time. Please tell the museum staff person that your donations or applications are for the Clock & Watch Museum or NAWCC Chapter 180 or

•    Use PayPal by following the instructions at  http://agsem.com/exhibit-wccwm.php or

•    Print donation and membership forms found at http://agsem.com/exhibit-wccwm.php   for mailing to the museum with checks via USPS.

Thanks so much for your support.

Donations of clocks, watches or other items may be discussed with either Ron Bechler, Ernie Lopez, or Rod Groenewold at the addresses below.

For additional information and or questions please contact:

Ernie Lopez (WCCWM Curator) FNAWCC
Silverdale, WA

Ron Bechler FNAWCC
San Jose, CA 95133

Rod Groenwald
2040 N Santa Fe Ave
Vista, CA 92083


National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors  Chapter 180

The primary function of National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (nawcc) Chapter 180, Friends of the West Coast Clock and Watch Museum is to provide an all-important support base for the museum. Chapter 180 is governed by an Executive Board of community volunteers.

Through volunteer efforts, exhibit contributions and financial donations from membership fees, the members of 180 provide the driving force of the museum. Members pay only $10.00 per year to support the day-to-day operations.

All members donating pieces to the exhibit are provided with a 501 (c)(3) tax deduction and recognition in the exhibit. Please help support your West Coast Clock and Watch Museum  by joining today.