The Estate of Leopold Metzenberg (Executive, Sears, Roebuck & Co.)
Gift to present owner, 1952
PROPERTY OF THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Chicago's renowned Museum of Science and Industry celebrated its 75 anniversary on June 19, 2008. Over the last century, they have educated the public using interactive and hands on exhibits on topics ranging from the sciences to agriculture, energy and technology. From 1942 until the 1980s, the museum's Hall of Timekeeping, sponsored by the Elgin Watch Company gave the public an overview the history of horology. The exhibit was closed in the 80s due to fire damage. The museum later organized an exhibition called Time which was on view from 2001 until 2004. This exhibit included timepieces from the Rockford Time Museum, the City of Chicago National Time Museum as well as private collectors and timepieces owned by the museum itself.
Julius Rosenwald, the Chairman of Sears, Roebuck and Company was a founder of the museum and in the 1920s donated $3 million to convert the old Palace of Fine Arts into an interactive museum based on the model of the Munich, Deutsches Museum. Leopold Metzenberg another Sears executive, a passionate watch collector, was a propoent of the museum and upon his death gifted many watches to the museum. Some of the present watches are part of that donation.