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National Watch and Clock Museum

514 Poplar St, Columbia, PA 17512-2124
+1 717-684-8261
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Make Time For the National Watch and Clock Museum!

The National Watch and Clock Museum is recognized as the largest and most comprehensive horological... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Phoenix, Arizona
Quality, Enjoyable Time

After reading reviews on Trip Advisor, decided to take a trip and check it for myself. I'm the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
George K
North East, Maryland
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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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514 Poplar St, Columbia, PA 17512-2124
+1 717-684-8261
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The National Watch and Clock Museum is recognized as the largest and most comprehensive horological collection in North America, but you don’t need to be a horologist to enjoy a visit. The thoughtfully designed exhibits take you through the history of timekeeping technology; and the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After reading reviews on Trip Advisor, decided to take a trip and check it for myself. I'm the watch collector/enthusiast, my wife came along for the ride and to get something to eat afterwards. What a worthwhile, informative, and enjoyable experience! You can spend anywhere...More

Thank George K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum was a great tribute to time. Watches and clocks from all eras are displayed with a nice demonstration of the Engle Clock. Make the time and visit this museum.

Thank JeaZas
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I love clocks and watches and I loved this museum. So many, many watches with little areas of in depth info. A few displays for kids to try things. I really liked it.

Thank Carol T
Reviewed 12 August 2017

I was with a tour group and we spent about 2 hours at the museum. The director was our guide and he was very well versed on TIME and time keeping elements thru the ages. I found it to be most interesting and was glad...More

Thank Retiredrn365
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

We spent almost 2 hours here leaning about how the measurement of time begin and seeing examples of time keeping elements through the ages. The clocks and watches on display were captivating and we enjoyed reading a little history about each item in the museum....More

Thank TigerLily1010
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

First time at the museum. Very interesting. Lots of different pieces worth seeing. A lot of history..

Thank MustLoveDogs
Reviewed 16 July 2017

My husband and I came here on a Saturday afternoon after I read about it on the internet. I expected a small one room museum, but it was much bigger than I expected. It had so many clocks, watches, pocket watches, etc.- everything related to...More

1  Thank Caitlyn K
Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

husband is a NAWCC member for years and although we aren't more than an hour away- we've never been. it was great! So many types of clocks and watches- if they are your thing, this is a place for you!

Thank Betsy D
Reviewed 24 June 2017

More than plain clocks and watches. This history of time and time zones was interesting, along with displays of more casement clocks I've ever seen. The different case makers were explained along with features of the clocks. Pocket watches galore! Beautiful cases. And, yes, there...More

1  Thank Christopher C
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22 January 2017|
Response from JeanieBeanieD | Reviewed this property |
They are N.A.W.C.C. Look there. Right now they have limited museum hours = Tues thru Sat 10-4 Starting in April they expand to Sunday, then after Memorial Day their hours expand. Enjoy your trip!
22 January 2017|
Response from Lisa L | Reviewed this property |
National watch and clock museum comes up with a nice website. Try googling it in your browser.
16 July 2015|
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Response from Travelogue222 | Reviewed this property |
I offer this information that I gleaned from the internet for you, concerning the history of the manufacturer. Company history 1889: Establishment of the DOXA factory in Le Locle, under the name “Georges Ducommun... More