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National Watch and Clock Museum

Address: 514 Poplar St., Columbia, PA 17512
Phone Number: 717 684-8261
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Ranked #1 of 12 Attractions in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Specialty Shops, Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: The National Watch and Clock Museum was officially opened to the public in 1977 with fewer than...
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Type: History Museums, Specialty Shops, Specialty Museums, Museums
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.

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North Carolina
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105 reviews 105 reviews
39 attraction reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

This is an amazing 1st class place describing the history of timekeeping. At first it might sound boring, but not so, as each interesting display pulls you on to the next. There are some interactive activities which are terrific for young and old alike. The collection of clocks is awesome from all areas of the world and different time periods.... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
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68 reviews 68 reviews
20 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

We loved this trip. The children also did. Very well layed out. We went for a work Christmas party. Do not let the area lead you away it is a great place with good parking and well lite.

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York, PA
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We were pleasantly surprised by all the different clocks in this little museum in this small town. We spent 2 1/2 hours there and could have spent more. Many of the really old clocks were still keeping time! Don't miss the hourly demonstration of an old LARGE clock as it is fabulous to see all the different doors open and... More 

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Florissant, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We expected to go in for 45 minutes to an hour and spent 3 hours. Don't miss the hourly playing of the enormous clock with all its moving pieces. The Smithsonian is part of this museum and it shows. Never knew there was so much to appreciate about time and clocks

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Clocks from the bringing of clocks. It would be possible to spend hours if you looked at every single time piece.Would not recomend for small children.

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Wescosville, Pennsylvania
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213 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Get the combo ticket with Turkey Hill and enjoy both and save some money. This self guided tour starts with a brief movie and then you have all the time to explore the evolution and development time measurement. Pick out what piques your interest because there is so much to see you run out of time as you wend your... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 via mobile

the details and the history is wonderful. Plan on spending 3 or 4 hours, so much to see and admire. I hace never seen so many timepieces in one place. We plan on another visit.

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Wanaque, New Jersey
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

What a surprise. Thought this would be a small, two room museum. Instead, it is a multi-room museum that traces the art of watch and clock making from the beginning of time to the present. Great artifacts and watch and clock displays. Really worth a visit for those even moderately interested in the telling of time. Tip: purchase the combo... More 

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Mount Holly, New Jersey
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66 reviews 66 reviews
30 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

If passing through this area, this place is worth a stop. If you are hard-core into clocks, then its worth a special trip to come here. They have a large collection of watches and antique clocks, grandfather clocks, and monument clocks. They have a few hands-on stuff for kids, but its really a museum tailored for adults, most of the... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

One of the best exhibits of clocks and watches in one location that I he ever seen. I enjoyed the selection of mantle clocks.

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