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National Watch and Clock Museum

514 Poplar St, Columbia, PA 17512-2124
+1 717-684-8261
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nice surprise

More than plain clocks and watches. This history of time and time zones was interesting, along with... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Christopher C
Reno, Nevada
Very Impressive!

Wow - who knew a trip to a Clock and Watch Museum could be so fascinating?? I was pleasantly... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Ewing, New Jersey
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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 3 days ago

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

Thank Christopher C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wow - who knew a trip to a Clock and Watch Museum could be so fascinating?? I was pleasantly surprised! The vastness and beauty of the collection here far exceeded my expectations, and I found the history of time-keeping through the ages extremely interesting also....More

Thank DarinaPinaire
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Who knew a collection of timepieces could be so comprehensive. . .it's not just about your grandfather's pocket watch. History, tools of the trade, memorabilia are on display. Self guided tour allows guests to linger at any or all captioned items from across the country...More

Thank Micoda1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

By its title this museum does not sound as if it would be that interesting- just a bunch of watches and clocks on display. This is hardly the case. I believe there are almost 12,000 items on display. The museum is very modern, user-friendly, and...More

Thank Frank E
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped by this wonderful museum with Dad, as he is a watch and clock enthusiast. We had a great time. This museum is open on Sundays and weekends, which is great for families, and also a great stop for ethusiasts or anyone just taking a...More

Thank youthgoes
Reviewed 22 May 2017

Located in a beautiful newer building, the museum has everything you ever wanted to know about the history of time keeping and the making of clocks and other timepieces from the ancient Egyptians until the current day. Many hundreds of clocks and watches are on...More

Thank Joe M
Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

Great place - thousands of clocks of all types. Explains the history & developments of clocks & watches as well as early time pieces. Had some displays where you could try out the time piece; one had bowls of different sizes with a single hole...More

Thank 534judyt
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

This museum was very interesting. In my opinion you will either really enjoy it or find it to be very boring. My son has an obsession with clocks and my husband and I love history so we all enjoyed it. They have all sorts of...More

Thank Jennifer O
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

I couldn't completely take this huge and interesting museum in just in one visit. I was amazed at the size of the collection. We took our grandchildren, that being said, had to move through the museum at their pace. We knew that this would only...More

Thank saramay
Reviewed 5 March 2017

this is the place to be. Very interesting history of clock & watch making. All types of clocks. i especially liked the "tall" clocks - grandfather clocks.

Thank disappointed96
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Hours? Website? Couldn't find either
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!
Hours? Website? Couldn't find either
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.
I have a doxa hors concours liege 1905 pocket watch an know nothing about it . do you know any history or appraisal or any thing?
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