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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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Spectacular Display of Time-Some will shock you

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
CalandriaJH
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Greenville, South Carolina
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Greenville, South Carolina
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

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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4 reviews 4 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
5 helpful votes 5 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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Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania
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129 reviews 129 reviews
31 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We've been meaning to go for over a year and we finally went. We're very glad we did because it is an interesting, niche, museum. We both enjoy history and there is plenty to see. All the way from when it is believed people recognized the value and meaning of time (4,000 B.C.), to the present. There is short film... More 

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NJ
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65 reviews 65 reviews
34 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This museum was much better than I expected. We actually spent 2 hours wandering around looking at all the amazing clocks and watches from many different eras. Be sure to see the demonstration of the giant clock that the staff operates throughout the day.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

The Clock Museum has very comprehensive exhibits and I found the museum interesting. That said, I did my undergrad degree in history, so I enjoyed the high level of detail. I did notice that the kids people had with them were a little bit squirmy, but that may be true at any museum. You can do this attraction is as... More 

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Takoma Park, Maryland
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8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

I first stopped by this place in the late 1990's and keep going back! This is a whole family experience. Lots of hands on activities for all ages. Amazing collection of clocks and watches which show the history of time. Their special exhibits cover everything from historic clocks and watches to modern interpretations of time keeping. They have a great... More 

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North Carolina
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105 reviews 105 reviews
39 attraction reviews
155 helpful votes 155 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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72 reviews 72 reviews
21 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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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