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National Watch and Clock Museum

514 Poplar St, Columbia, PA 17512-2124
+1 717-684-8261
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Very interesting

We spent almost 2 hours here leaning about how the measurement of time begin and seeing examples of... read more

Reviewed 11 August 2017
via mobile
Saturday afternoon date

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

Reviewed 6 August 2017
York, PA
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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
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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 thedaydreamer92
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
Reviewed 1 June 2017

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

2  Thank DarinaPinaire
Reviewed 27 May 2017

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 26 May 2017

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 22 May 2017 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
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Gabriela C
27 September 2017|
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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
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!