New Museum Showcases Massive Collection of Stained Glass, Rare Clocks

It is not every day that a new museum opens in the Chicago area. The latest is both dazzling and unusual.

The Halim Time and Glass Museum pairs the twin passions of one family’s collection: a love of 19th century stained glass, and the history of clocks.

Chicago Tonight found a window of time to visit during the museum’s opening week. 




New Museum Showcases Massive Collection of Stained Glass, Rare Clocks
by: Marc Vitali | October 18, 2017 8:17 pm

Local museum opens with antique clocks, floor-to-ceiling stained glass

Walking into the Halim Time and Glass Museum is like taking a step back in time through a maze of winding corridors lined with antiques.

The new museum, which sits at 1560 Oak Ave. and opened Sept. 26, is filled with clocks and stained glass windows from all over the world. The pieces come from the private collection of Cameel Halim, a Wilmette-based real estate investor from Egypt who began collecting historical items with his wife, Hoda, more than 20 years ago.

Kristina Karisch and Dori Sotirovska

Collector Opens Clock And Stained Glass Museum In Evanston

CHICAGO (CBS) — A new museum has opened in Evanston, showcasing hundreds of antique clocks and dozens of 19th century stained glass windows. 

The Halim Time and Glass Museum is the culmination of 30 years of collecting by real estate developer Cameel Halim and his wife. 

Halim said he and his wife began collecting clocks and other kinds of timepieces 30 years ago. Their five-story museum features 1,100 timepieces from around the world, some dating back to the 1600s.

Collector Opens Clock And Stained Glass Museum In Evanston
CBS Local 2

Family ready to share amazing collection of time pieces

EVANSTON, Ill. -- If you could collect anything in the world, what would it be? Bottle caps? Coins? Handbags? How about clocks?

One suburban man and his family are passionate about time and starting next week they want you to make time to see their personally curated collection.  There are so many pieces they decided to build a museum to house and display them.

It's called the Halim Time and Glass Museum. It's located in Evanston and houses over 1100 time pieces and over 70 stained glass pieces of art. The building is five stories tall and is filled with history, art and the study of time.

by Julie Unruh, WGN News, September 18, 2017

Plenty of Time on His Hands

What makes Cameel Halim tick?  You can see for yourself when his clock collection-most pre-dating 1800-goes on display in Evanston.

Plenty of Time on His Hands, Chicago Tribune, 5/15/2007
by Deborah Horan, Chicago Tribune, May 15, 2007
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