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National Watch and Clock Museum

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

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 

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Weston, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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Flemington, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

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Athens, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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!

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Maryland
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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 

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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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Wall Township, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

My husband collect swatches. He found this very interesting and enjoyed it very much. He even bought a pocket watch that he liked.

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Hellam, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Very interesting place to visit, if you enjoy clocks. My husband & I enjoyed it very much. Staff are friendly, admission price is reasonable.

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Glen Allen, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

If you want to know more about the history of time and how we measure it, this is the museum for you. This is an amazing collection that chronicles how we measure time from sundials and water clocks to today's computerized time keepers. The museum does an excellent job explaining how time is measured and how clocks work. The collection... More 

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