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National Watch and Clock Museum

514 Poplar St., Columbia, PA 17512
717 684-8261
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Ranked #1 of 12 attractions in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Specialty Shops
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Columbia, MD
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

I was very impressed with my tour of the National Watch and Clock Museum. If you have the time (2-3 hours), it is worth it. The museum is very clean and the clocks on display are amazing.

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Syosset
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65 reviews 65 reviews
29 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

So unless your a watch person, your thinking, "We can pass this one by - sounds boring - a bunch of clocks and watches..." Don't miss it, or you'll miss something interesting. Neat, clean and up to date museum. Everything from watches to grandfather clocks, and loads to look at, see working, and touch. Cool part: you will actually understand... More

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Warminster, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Great History on TIME, Allow 2-3 Hours and lots of reading, tour guide of the largest clock was very intersting,

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Shamokin, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

If a Picasso exhibit would come to the United States, we'd expect the paintings to be in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, or another big city. We certainly wouldn't expect an exhibit of such distinction to be on display in Columbia, PA, but for enthusiasts of timekeeping devices, a display that's the equivalent of a Picasso display is currently available... More

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York Pennsylvania area
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

I've been going to this musuem for decades. I did the video production for the clock tower dedication so I had connections and access. This is a world class museum for time and related time keeping mechanisms through the mellenia. As my title states, words really cannot describe the place and you just have to see it all for yourself.... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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37 reviews 37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

This is truly as interesting and unique a museum as you'll find anywhere. Fascinating! I have traveled this area for years but only recently learned about it. I wish I had known earlier. We are now members and I even took a course at the School of Horology across the street. This museum is definitely worth a stop or a... More

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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26 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

My wife and I stopped here while on a long weekend vacation. Living in Lancaster I have seen signs for the attraction, but have never stopped. It is well worth going to. The museum is massive and you copuld easily spend hours there. We were there a little over an hour, but with the schedule we were on we could... More

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Portland, Maine
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

I thought this place sounded silly when I looked at the brochure in our hotel, but when my family went to the Turkey Hill Experience they offered combo tickets to this for only a little extra. So we decided to go, and if it wasn't any good then we wouldn't have spent much. It was wonderful! The first 2 rooms... More

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Archbald, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013 via mobile

We saw this in our travel guide for Lancaster and we giggled and made fun because we thought "oh what a goofy place, a museum of clocks?!" And I decided to go online to read the reviews and laugh some more...surprise! Awesome ratings! Then we couldn't wait to go! The setup and the clocks are fantastic! I had no idea... More

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Tustin, California
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

This interesting building holds a wide variety of tall case clocks (grandfather) as well as mechanisms and watches. The most incredible part of the place is the library that contains manuals,catalogs and price lists for just about any clock or watch. The staff are dedicated to the place and love what they do. There are volunteers to demonstrate clocks, and... More

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