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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, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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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
194 helpful votes 194 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
8 helpful votes 8 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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80 reviews 80 reviews
15 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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