The Delacorte Music Clock at Central Park, NYC

Delacorte clock (04371)

The Delacorte Music Clock

The Delacorte Music Clock was a gift to Central Park from publisher & philanthropist George T. Delacorte. It was modeled after the musical clocks that Mr. Delacorte saw while traveling in Europe.

Dedicated on June 24, 1965 the Clock is located near the Children’s Zoo and Wildlife Center at 65th St.

Each day, on the hour and half hour, between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., the clock (digitally programmed) plays songs from the the Delacorte Clock Song List. Click here to view the song list. The songs change with the season. Around the holiday the songs change to a collection of Christmas carols.

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Delacorte clock (04372)At the base of the clock tower there are six animal figures (a goat, a kangaroo, a penguin, a bear, a hippo and an elephant) rotating on a track around the clock. Each animal also turns on an axis. The whimsical bronze animal sculptures carousel was created by sculptor Andrea Spadini,

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Delacorte clock (04372 bell)

Two (2) Monkeys Striking the Bell on the Hour with Hammers

On top of the Clock tower is a bell and two monkeys. On the hour the monkeys strike the bell with hammers.

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Below are the 6 animals playing their instruments.

Delacorte clock (04372 goat)

Goat Playing the Pipes

Delacorte clock (04375 kangaroo)

Kangaroo & Baby Roo Playing the Horn

Delacorte clock (04375 penguin)

Penguin Playing the Drums

Delacorte clock (04376 bear)

Bear Playing the Tambourine

Delacorte clock (04376 hippo)

Hippo Playing the Violin

Delacorte clock (04378 elephant)

Elephant Playing the Concertina

All the above photos were taken by my daughter Kathy.
Thank you Kathy!

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About Norma Chang

I am the author/publisher of 2 user-friendly Chinese cookbooks: "My Students' Favorite Chinese Recipes (updated edition)" and "Wokking Your Way to Low Fat Cooking" A gardener who enjoys cooking and eating and loves to think outside the box A garden volunteer at Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden Conduct hands-on cooking workshops for teenagers Conduct cultural programs for children and family Conduct healthy cooking classes for adults
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38 Responses to The Delacorte Music Clock at Central Park, NYC

  1. Phyllis smith says:

    thanks Norma & Kathy for pictures and info. Always learning!!!

  2. Margaret says:

    How delightful! I’ve been to New York many times over the years, but don’t ever recall seeing that…must keep an eye out for it next time.

  3. mac says:

    How cute, thanks for sharing, have to look for it next time we visit NYC.

  4. kim says:

    Another NYC Landmark I missed! Thanks for sharing, hope you had a blessed Easter.

  5. shenANNAgans says:

    Awesome…. Love that there is a Roo representing Australia. Gorgeous pics, love that you are taking me with you on your adventures, helps to forget I am in for 4 months of icy cold. Lol! Happy week hard to you lovely lady. 🙂

  6. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef says:

    What a fun thing to see! I’ll have to put that on my wish list for my next visit.

  7. Angie@Angie's Recipes says:

    Thanks for sharing, Norma. It looks like a fun place to visit in NY.

  8. I just love these photos Ms. Norma. I’ve always loved the hippo 😉

  9. never heard about it before Norma, thanks for sharing it…

  10. One day I would love to see the grounds of Central Park! Until the, thank you and your daughter for these beautiful photos!

  11. Janet Mahoney says:

    You might be interested in this information on the clock in Central Park



  12. How wonderfully whimsical! I’ve never heard of this clock!

  13. Juliana says:

    Seeing and reading your post, I really feel that I should go back to NY…thanks for all pictures…
    Hope you are having a wonderful week Norma 🙂

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Juliana,
      You are welcomed. NYC is a really neat city, always areas and landmarks to discover no matter how many times you have been there, can’t you tell this is my favorite city? 🙂 A wonderful week to you too.

  14. hotlyspiced says:

    It’s just beautiful. I saw the clock when I was in NY but I missed the songs! Another reason to come back to NY. It’s a very gorgeous sculpture and how lovely that it was a gift to the people of NY xx

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Charlie,
      You need to be in the area on the hour to hear the songs. Hopefully I will have the opportunity to meet you next time you visit NYC, that would be so cool.

  15. Your daughter is an awesome photographer and was able to really capture the scene. I have never been to NYC and can’t wait to as there is so much to see. Enjoy your visit with your daughter.

  16. Eva Taylor says:

    We have spent several hours riding a rented bike through Central Park but I’ve never seen this whimsical and beautiful exhibit. Thank you for the lovely photos Norma, I do miss NY so much and sadly we will likely not visit again this year (too much going on) which makes your posts even more special for me.

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  18. Sophie33 says:

    What a fun day out! How cool is all this? thanks for sharing with us all! xxx

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