The Halim Time & Glass Museum opens in Evanston today as what its founder believes is the world's first museum dedicated solely to clocks and stained glass. It's been an 11-year labor of love for hobbyist Cameel Halim, along with his wife, Hoda, and three daughters.
"We believe that when items get to this level, you don't own it—you just keep it for a while," says Halim. "Most of our clocks are 300 years old; they're made in the 1700s. They're such important items. They're not meant to look at yourself, you're meant to share it with the public."
The museum features 1,100 clocks from around the globe and 80 stained glass pieces—some as tall as 25 feet—in a five-story building at 1560 Oak St. in Evanston.
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Just outside Chicago, a brand-new museum opening today will showcase early-20th-century American stained-glass alongside a collection of international timepieces. The Halim Time & Glass Museum in Evanston, Illinois, the newest museum to spring up in the state, brings together stained glass by Tiffany and others with grandfather clocks, wrist-watches, and other time-keeping devices collected from around the world. The museum brings together twin passions of real-estate investor and Egyptian immigrant Cameel Halim, who began building his collection of stained glass pieces over the last 20 years.
Evanston museum showcases stained glass and time pieces
EVANSTON, Ill. (WLS) --
Tucked away on a quiet Evanston street, the Halim Time & Glass Museum surrounds visitors with beauty.
Inside, dozens of stained glass panes glow. Close enough to touch, these windows from the turn of the 20th Century evoke spirituality and peace.
With work from artists like La Farge and Tiffany, museum guides quickly point out the craftsmanship: textured designs with Tiffany's mottled glass, copper foil to reflect a landscape's fluidity, and La Farge's confetti glass too.
In an exhibit devoted to time-keeping, that's the easiest thing to lose track of with more than a 1,000 examples of artistic expression and innovation to explore.
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