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Bily Clocks Museum

323 S Main St, Spillville, IA 52168-4404
+1 563-562-3569
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A very interesting museum

I have always wanted to visit this museum. Took my daughter during the middle of the week to see... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
El Paso, Texas

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

Reviewed 1 week ago
Holly Hill, Florida
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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 2 days ago

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

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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 7 July 2017

I first visited this museum as a young girl and loved it then. When we moved to Southwest Wisconsin and visited the museum again I found it a great little museum. On July 4th of this year we visited once again. The lady who gave...More

Thank Carolyn53821
Reviewed 4 July 2017

If you are in northeastern Iowa, and if you have an few hours to spend on something totally self-indulgent, go here. This is a "municipal museum", it was in a position to receive the clock collection of the Bily Brothers when they reached the end...More

Thank Arthur C
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

When Mother Nature gives you lemons, make lemonade. Road trip to Spillville, IA and discovered a hidden treasure! What amazingly talented brothers the Bily's were to create such beautifully detailed clocks. Pictures not allowed, so take the drive to see yourself. Then stop at Taylor...More

Thank Elizabeth C
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Its' been a few years since I've been there. Very interesting place to find out the history of the 2 brothers and their hand carved clocks. Just gorgeous....

Thank Steve S
Reviewed 14 February 2017

I grew up not far from Spillville and when I was very young we went to Bily Clocks several times. I am also of Czech heritage and always felt close to my relatives who immigrated here 125 years ago when we would visit there. The...More

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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.