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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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Richmond, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Columbia, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This little gem is a treasure whether you aren't a horologist (I am not). There is not much here to keep young kids interested, but there is a Lot to intrigue and fascinate adults: every kind of timepiece you can and can't imagine is here - from sun dials to Chinese water bowls to advanced technology that I don't understand.... More

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Dover, Delaware
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This is a well organized and very interesting museum devoted to time-keeping and devices used to accomplish this task. There are exhibits devoted to ancient clocks, modern clocks and watches, manufacturing processes throughout history, the artistic side of clocks and watches and several hands on exhibits that help us to understand how time has been measured. There's also a demonstration... More

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Zephyrhills, Florida
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88 reviews 88 reviews
24 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This was a museum that was very well done. We wish that we had scheduled more than an hour to see more of it. The guides were very friendly and the stop was well worthwhile.

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Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Well organized, clean and everything was labeled for our information. It was a great day trip for my husband and I. Would recommend it for adults and above 12 yrs. of age, limited activities and interest for younger children.

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Richmond, Virginia, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This is a fee based attraction. The attraction starts with a 15 to 20 minutes video about the history of timekeeping,,,you have the option to skip this if you'd like to, but it's not a bad presentation. I was fascinated by the water based clocks, as well as by some of the grandfather clocks. The gift store at the end... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014 via mobile

This museum is a treasure. My visit was over noon, and it was really enchanting hearing the clocks go off together. I wouldn't recommend this place for children under 6. Ours (4 &2) were a bit too young despite the thoughtful activity centers located around the exhibits. There is a very fun collection of novelty clocks, and I thoroughly enjoyed... More

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Madison, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

staff very friendly, a large display of vintage clocks and watches, very leisurely afternoon , good presentation of vintage clock

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Bel Air, Maryland
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Turkey Hill has a bundled ticket to take in both events, The watch museum had more than I thought it would have it it. Clocks back to the 1600's and a grand clock at the end built in the 1850's that has movable characters that rotate when it is demonstrated

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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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