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National Watch and Clock Museum

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Address: 514 Poplar St, Columbia, PA 17512-2124
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+1 717-684-8261

The National Watch and Clock Museum was officially opened to the public in...

The National Watch and Clock Museum was officially opened to the public in 1977 with fewer than 1,000 items. Since that time, the collection has increased to over 12,000 items and the museum has undergone several expansion projects. The latest expansion opened in October 1999 and featured an entirely new and redesigned exhibit space, as well as a new two-story addition. Today, the museum is recognized as the largest and most comprehensive horological collection in North America.The National Watch & Clock Museum is conveniently located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, less than two hours from Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, and Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre.

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pretty interesting

My hubby and I found this to be pretty interesting. Unfortunately we got there not long before they were scheduled to close. It is a place we'd like to go see again.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My hubby and I found this to be pretty interesting. Unfortunately we got there not long before they were scheduled to close. It is a place we'd like to go see again.

Thank Nancy H
Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A beautiful museum showcasing the collection of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors. Obviously, a must-see if you're into old watches and/or clocks, but the artifacts on display exhibit such artistry that it should be interesting for just about everyone. The museum does an especially good job of showing how measuring time has been a concern of human... More 

Thank margarets_dad
Braintree, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is a must stop for those who love watches, clocks, and anything time keeping related. It says people generally spend 2 hours, i spent 5 hours from 11am until 4pm close and still could spend more. Will definitely return.

Thank Tyler K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

This was the first time I ever visit the museum. The sad part is I live in Columbia. I was totally flabbergasted by this place. Looking at clocks that where made over 700 and 800 hundred years ago and still working is incredible. The workmanship on these time pieces from the earlier times make you marvel. Most of the pieces... More 

Thank Mark S
Weston, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Here is a museum that offers a look a timekeeping for all ages. Children have special maps to find time items and relate to the museum. They have these for under eight and over eight. For the adults it can be many things: a time back to things you saw when you were small, items for shows like Downton Abby... More 

Thank Joe1234665
Flemington, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Stopped in to visit the museum, I was surprised at how much information from the beginning of time. Interesting clocks and watches from many time periods. If you are into 'time' this is a must.

Thank peachkoblerpie
Athens, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Great history here! A complete collection of so many different clocks and watches, beautifully displayed, many working, with great explanations. Laid out historically so it's so easy to see the development of timepieces. Beautiful things. Go!

Thank marybethtawfik
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

If you have any interest at all in clocks and watches, this is a great place to visit. I found myself wondering how many clocks and watches one one can bear looking at in a single day but that's just me. The displays were attractive informative although some of the signs were a little difficult to read. I really enjoyed... More 

Thank tgussie
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

Wow! I was looking for somewhere to go that would be enjoyable for my husband. He brought me to many quilt shops. Well this was a big winner. It was huge. I couldn't believe all the clocks. And pocket watches!! Wow! It even interested me at times. Definitely worth short trip. Took us two hours to walk it. Gift shop... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Traces clocks and watches from the beginning of "time." Very interesting exhibits, put together in an appealing fashion. I thought this was going to be boring, but it was truly a fascinating place where we could have spent more time there if he had the "time."

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