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National Watch and Clock Museum

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Address: 514 Poplar St., Columbia, PA 17512
Phone Number: 717 684-8261
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Description: 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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It's a beautiful place to visit with family. Great learning experience. The admission is cheap. We drove from Lancaster and took us 20 minutes. Don't miss this place

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

It's a beautiful place to visit with family. Great learning experience. The admission is cheap. We drove from Lancaster and took us 20 minutes. Don't miss this place

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Alexandria, Virginia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Our family was in town going to the Turkey Hill Experience so we got tickets to the Museum also. As with a LOT of attractions in this area, military is either free or discounted!! I am mainly a watch aficionado, but the clocks and displays (some interactive) not only interested me, but also my wife and two younger boys. This... More 

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Princeton, New Jersey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We were planning a trip to the area and saw a Groupon. My husband loves old clocks so we decided to buy it. I am so glad we did. I was worried it would bore my 4 & 5 year old but they had a great time looking at all the old clocks. It was calm and educational and just... More 

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Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

The first time we went I took my granddaughter and great grandson and they made a snowman clock. The museum was interesting enough that a five and six year old wanted to spend two hours there. I have been back with adults and we spend more somewhere between two and four hours there. It is a small but well done... More 

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Washington, DC
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

This is the perfect, small museum to visit or take children to if the visitors are interested in the unexpected and things that they may not have thought about. Not a lot of flash-- but just a little hidden gem.

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Monroe, New Jersey
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

I was looking forward to visiting the museum. We drove close to 45 minutes to get there only to find the doors locked. The hours were posted at the front door but the parking lot was empty and the doors were locked. I suggest you call before visiting.

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NWCM, Public Relations Manager at National Watch and Clock Museum, responded to this review

We're sorry that we disappointed you. We try our best to make sure our hours are well known via our various websites and publications. We'd be happy to send you some complimentary tickets for a future visit if you'll give us another chance. More 

Greenville, South Carolina
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63 reviews 63 reviews
18 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

I'm naturally a fan of clocks & watches but I really enjoyed this just because it was amazing to see some of the pieces from all over the word from the 1600's when you would have thought it to be made more recent. There is so much to see here that there must be something for everyone. One of my... More 

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Columbia, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This is a first class museum. The theater presentation sets the stage for a very interesting visit. Parking available. Low admission fee. Close to other Lancaster County attractions.

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Columbia, Pennsylvania, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is one of the most comprehensive and extensive collection of time pieces. The staff are always courteous and knowledgeable about the various displays throughout the museum. I have gone through many times and always learn something new.

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York, Pennsylvania
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Nice place to learn about clocks through the years and to see how clocks and such have changed throughout the years.

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