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Bily Clocks Museum

323 S Main St, Spillville, IA 52168-4404
+1 563-562-3569
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In a small out of the way town, there exists a marvelous museum of beautiful hand carved clocks... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
D&H Travels
Central Texas
Folk Art, Fine Art

You should hear the story of Frank and Joseph Bily. Better, you should see their clocks. Henry... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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The Bily Clocks Museum & Antonin Dvorak Exhibit has been a favorite attraction of young and old for many years. Visitors return year after year to the enchanting town of Spillville, Iowa, (located thirteen miles southwest of the town of Decorah), to marvel at the unique clocks that two brothers, Frank and Joseph Bily (bee-lee) hand-carved. The clocks depict history, art, religion and culture and are covered with hundreds of expertly carved figures. Some stand over nine feet tall. Also housed in the museum on the second floor is an exhibit in memory of the famous Czech composer, Antonin Dvorak. In the summer of 1893, he along with his family, occupied the second floor of the building. An admission fee is charged. Tours are given regularly.
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323 S Main St, Spillville, IA 52168-4404
+1 563-562-3569
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In a small out of the way town, there exists a marvelous museum of beautiful hand carved clocks. Amazing what talent these two guys had, and did this when they weren't farming! Clocks with a theme, with wondrous movement, with many different types of wood....More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You should hear the story of Frank and Joseph Bily. Better, you should see their clocks. Henry Ford offered a million dollars for one and was turned down. The Bily brothers were self-educated farmers who made hand-carved wooden clocks during the off-season. You can see...More

Thank MDarrah
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing tours, amazing clocks and the perfect mix of history and humor. We did a late evening tour literally showed up 15:30 and the service we received was great. You are not allowed to take photos inside so you will just have to visit it....More

Thank Jonelle R
Reviewed 7 September 2017

This museum will boggle the mind as you see for yourself the craftsmanship that 2 brothers put into their hobby. It is well worth going out of your way to visit when you find yourself within a 3 hour drive of Decorah Iowa. The tour...More

Thank cmh797
Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

Bily Clocks museum is one of a kind. You won't find these masterpieces anywhere else. You will also learn why Dvorak spent time in the town and the building the museum is housed in. Don't miss it. Mary was our guide and she was wonderful....More

Thank Monty M
Reviewed 17 August 2017

I have always wanted to visit this museum. Took my daughter during the middle of the week to see the hand carved clocks. We joined a tour that had just gotten started. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and knew the stories behind all the...More

Thank SuperJ6
Reviewed 12 August 2017

Billy Clocks has a lot of unusual clocks to see was there many years ago. was a nice place to see . a lot of items to see.

Thank cpanos408
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

This was fun to see the detailed work two brothers did to make the beautiful clocks. It was a a window in to two mens talent as farm boys. Back in the early 1900's the tools needed to make them was amazing

Thank Jacqui S
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

Very unique museum. It is not large at all but houses the most fascinating collection of large hand carved clocks made solely by two brothers. One clock in the museum Henry Ford tried to buy in the early 1930's for $1 million dollars. The level...More

Thank Steven H
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

Wasn't sure what expect, but it turned out to be pretty interesting. It's hard to imagine the talent and time needed to carve such big clocks, yet with intricate detail. There was a nice 25 min tour of the working clocks. The tour guide covered...More

Thank displacedyopper
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Linda M
12 January 2017|
Response from 441jeanetteh |
What are the hours of operation for the museum?
Linda M
6 January 2017|
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Response from Kevin S | Reviewed this property |
open til 5 pm. there is a small admission.