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Zimmer Museum

Zimmer Tower and exhibition on the theme of time and space

In the Zimmer Museum you will discover the life’s work of Louis Zimmer: the Jubilee Clock, the Astronomic Studio and the Wonder Clock.

The former Cornelius Tower from the 14th century, part of the town ramparts at the time, was turned into a museum in 1930.

In 1960 a pavilion was added.

On the stroke of 12 the years 1830-1930 (Jubilee Clock), the Belgian coat of arms, the first three kings of Belgium, Lier’s coat of arms and the six mayors who have governed Lier since Belgium’s independence appear.    

Four automatons depicting the four stages of life are to be found on the outside of the tower:

The time and space exhibition illustrates the bigbang and the birth of the universe.

Louis Zimmer

Louis Zimmer

Louis Zimmer (1888-1970) was self-taught and had the patience of an angel. He was a strong royalist and to celebrate the country's centenary he created the Jubilee Clock.


Anton Bergmann

Anton Bergmann

Prose writer Anton (Tony) Bergmann (1835 - 1874) took his inspiration from his youth and his career as a lawyer in Lier. "Ernest Staas, lawyer" (Ernest Staas, advokaat) was...

Louis van Boeckel

Louis van Boeckel

Amongst the lush greenery of the municipal park stands artist blacksmith Louis Van Boeckel. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary...

Felix Timmermans

Felix Timmermans

Felix Timmermans (1886 - 1947) was self-taught and wrote plays, novels, short stories and poems.

His best known work is Pallieter...

Opening times

  • open Tuesday-Sunday 10.00-12.00 & 13.00-17.00
  • closed on Mondays


  • full rate EUR 5
  • reduced fare EUR 3,50 
  • children 6-15  EUR 2
  • children 0-5  free

Zimmerplein 18
tel: +32 3 800 03 95


Opening times

1 November to 31 March
Monday to Friday: 9.00 - 12.30 & 13.30 - 16.30

1 April to 31 October
Monday to Friday: 9.00 - 16.30
Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays: 9.00 - 12.30 & 13.00 - 16.00

Grote Markt 58, 2500 LIER
tel. +32 3 8000 555