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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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Great museum collection of pocket watches, clocks and all things time related. $9 entrance fee, $8 for seniors is well worth it as it goes to maintain the museum collection... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Great museum collection of pocket watches, clocks and all things time related. $9 entrance fee, $8 for seniors is well worth it as it goes to maintain the museum collection. Also an extensive library and researchers to help look up a clock. Short video to begin the tour and then you are on your own to enjoy the endless display.... More 

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Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The wrist watch exhibit has been pared down and that is good. Went to see the James Bond watches a year or so ago and enjoyed it. the new time clock exhibit is very interesting. Younger people would also enjoy this exhibit. Done very well and explanatory. The permanent exhibits are enjoyable.

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

My husband is an avid clock collector. Having visited a few clock museums in Europe we were afraid this American one would suffer by comparison. It did not. It has a huge collection of a wide variety of clocks. The signage was quite information -- Ben Franklin suggested Daylight Savings time! I wish there had been docents on hand within... More 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

The instruments used to measure time show the imagination and craftsanship from the beginnings of history. Great setting - well presented

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31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

We decided to visit the museum based on the reviews on trip advisor. We knew we really had little interest in clocks, but thought we would keep an open mind. We have visited hundreds of museums but just didn't find this museum interesting. If we had a guide taking us through, we may have found it more interesting. The wording... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Traveling back home from vacation we happened on this gem of s place. Lots of different clocks, history, and even fun hands on activities. We were amazed by their extensive library. Even if you aren't that into clocks, you will enjoy this. Be sure to hang around for the monument click presentation. The staff is extremely helpful.

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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Very extensive collection of all kinds of watches and clocks from pocket watches to grandfather clocks to some very unique Japanese clocks. Interesting and informative. They even had some watches that James Bond has worn in some of the movies. We were there when it turned 3 and some of the clocks started chiming - that was fun!

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York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Have lived just across the river from where this museum is located and never visited until now. I had low expectations and was just amazed at what this museum had to offer. It is a treasure trove about time - any and everything you might want to know. When you first enter the museum you will be astounded at the... More 

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Tucson, AZ
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148 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We went there on a recommendation from someone that had been there and were really glad we did. I had no idea how much there would be to see. You start with the history of time-keeping from about 3000 BC through the present time. The sheer number of clocks and watches is impressive enough but the information about how they... More 

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New York, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Come to Columbia, PA and enjoy the most amazing museum dedicated totally to the measure of time. This museum provides the visitor with a detailed explanation of horology and the various articles (watches and clocks) used to measure this very important aspect of every day life. Additionally, there is a great library where all aspects of horology can be explored.... More 

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Address: 514 Poplar St., Columbia, PA 17512
Phone Number: 717 684-8261
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Lancaster County  >  Columbia

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