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National Watch and Clock Museum

514 Poplar St, Columbia, PA 17512-2124
+1 717-684-8261
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Super Museum near Lancaster

Saw review of this museum in area brochures we picked up at local visitors center. I thought it... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Kathleen K
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Olney, Maryland
via mobile
Worth a trip

The best collection and display of clocks and watches I have ever seen worldwide, bar none. World... read more

Reviewed 14 March 2018
Skipper090
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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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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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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“pocket watches” (22 reviews)
“on display” (20 reviews)
“james bond” (8 reviews)
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514 Poplar St, Columbia, PA 17512-2124
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+1 717-684-8261
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"on display"
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"james bond"
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"moving figures"
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"two hours"
in 11 reviews
"gift shop"
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"every hour on the hour"
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"sounds boring"
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"national association"
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"watch making"
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"minute movie"
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"worth a stop"
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"self guided tour"
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"lancaster county"
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"timepieces"
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"demonstration"
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Saw review of this museum in area brochures we picked up at local visitors center. I thought it would definitely be worth a visit. Surprised to see signs for this museum on the way to Turkey Hill Experience. Then we found it was only a...More

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Reviewed 14 March 2018

The best collection and display of clocks and watches I have ever seen worldwide, bar none. World class museum in an unknown town! Very helpful staff.

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Reviewed 9 February 2018

I had been past this place many times not thinking much of the place. I had some free time so I made a little detour. I was wowed. Every clock that you can imagine is here. The staff, very knowledgeable. It is worth your time.

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Reviewed 28 December 2017

The beautiful museum has an impression collection of watches and clocks. I spent a good three hours and still was unable to read all the cards on every display. My children (10 and 13) were more anxious to leave. But some advanced planning distracted their...More

1  Thank jpetula
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Reviewed 2 December 2017

Enjoyed the many clocks and the presentation! We thought we were halfway through, but had only seen about 1/10 of the museum!

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Reviewed 22 November 2017

My husband collects clocks and pocket watches, so we were willing to go a little out of our way to visit this museum. It would be a good museum if all they did was display this beautiful and varied collection of time pieces. What makes...More

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Reviewed 11 October 2017

Clocks from the 16th Century, Pocket Watches, everything related to Horology is present. Not only as a educational experience, but the display of the Watches of James Bond was out of this world. Visitors, looking for a great place for lunch have to go the...More

Thank John G
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Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

Time keeping presented as amazingly beautiful art, mechanical engineering, and historical importance from the beginning of measured time to today. It far exceeded all of our expectations. Each of us, regardless of age, experience or education saw, read or felt many things to talk about...More

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Reviewed 25 September 2017

The National Watch and Clock Museum is a fascinating place for anyone who has ever owned a watch, seen a clock or wondered about measuring time. We didn't allot nearly enough time for this gem. The displays go on and on. You won't believe how...More

1  Thank LewisClark0715
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Reviewed 18 September 2017

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

Thank NJM68462
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Response from youthgoes | Reviewed this property |
Hola Gabriela! Recomendaría entrar en contacto con el reloj nacional y el museo del reloj para ver. Sé que a veces compran o aceptan artículos, y tienen un buen personal. No sé si lo aceptarían o no, pero vale la pena... More
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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!
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