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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 2014
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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Lansdale
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53 reviews 53 reviews
27 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

If you are heading out to Harrisburg/Hershey area, stop by this little museum. The whole museum is devoted to timekeeping pieces from a huge monumental clock to a dainty lady wrist watch; ancient time keeping device to modern atomic clock. Some pieces are very unique. I would say allow yourself a minimum of 3 hours to see the entire collection.... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This was a fun stop on our way to a few other Lancaster County attractions. We took our 3 children ages 3, 6 & 9) and our 9 year old niece. They loaned each child a clipboard, pencil & fun scavenger hunt for ages 8 & up that the 9-year-olds that they enjoyed. There was another scavenger hunt on an... More

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London, England
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163 attraction reviews
178 helpful votes 178 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I've lost count of the number of "National" Clock Museums I've visited in the USA, but this one does have a wonderful collection and by coincidence my visit coincided with midday, so I got to hear a multitude of sound from Cuckoo Clocks, Longcase and others all chiming away and ensure you are around on the hour when a demonstration... More

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LaGrangeville
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

If you're into clocks this is a must visit. Even if you're not lots of interesting displays. See how they work, learn the history of clocks.

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York, PA
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13 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

A good place for kids and seniors. The entire history of clocks and watch-making under one roof! There were several important historic ones like the watch Napoleon gave to his sister, the Queen of Naples, and an entire case with various James Bond Movie watches, including an Ian Fleming Rolex. I saw a Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso, Breguets, Patek Philippe,Vacheron, as well... More

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Howard, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We stayed at Airy View B&B and were looking for something close to do. My grandfather had collected and repaired clocks for about 75 years and I was delighted to see the museum and reminisce. It was a great visit and within a mile or 2 of the B&B.

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Pa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

My husband and I had a chance to visit the National Watch and Clock Museum. First time after living here for 36 years! We spent about an hour and a half. Would loved to have spent more time but we both got a little tired. There is so much to see. We watched a showing of the Engle Clock which... More

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Newark, Delaware
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This museum does a great job of highlighting both the scientific advances in timekeeping but also the art of time pieces for consumer use. Don't expect quiet, but the soothing "tick tock" of many clocks as you walk through. Definitely found some examples of beautiful clocks I want to get for my home.

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Madison, South Dakota
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16 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014 via mobile

This is a great museum. There are time keepers from the beginning such as sundials to the present. It was great to see and learn how a clock really works. I could have spent hours watching the large gears tick off the seconds and minutes. The staff is very friendly. The museum is very clean and well laid out. You... More

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New York City, New York
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

This is an interesting museum, that has on display various instruments used to tell time over the years. It doesn't appear to be visited often or at least when we went(a saturday), there were only about 5 other people at the museum. It's a great place for a family trip with displays that can entertain the younger ones also. Every... More

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