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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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"The Eighth Wonder of the World"

This is a delightful and informative museum even if you are not especially interested in clocks. Staff personnel will present a showing every hour or so of a huge clock created by... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Reamstown, Pennsylvania, United States
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Reamstown, Pennsylvania, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This is a delightful and informative museum even if you are not especially interested in clocks. Staff personnel will present a showing every hour or so of a huge clock created by Stephen Engle which he called "The Eighth Wonder of the World." This clock measures 11' h, 8' w, and 3' d. Among its mechanical features are two organ... More 

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Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This is a wonderful museum for the young and old. Beautiful arrangement of old and new clock and watches. Intricate and amazing works of art. This place is NOT expensive, it is worth the drive to Columbia and is a wonderful way to enjoy a summer day out of the heat and humidity and have fun for a few hours.... More 

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BLANDON
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We live close by but have never visited. I got tickets via Groupon, thought we'd try it out. What a great find! A lot of history and facts, fun activities and "touchables" for kids (we have an 11 and 13 year old), and tons of information in this clean, well organized museum. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

We saw signs for this museum on the highway and saw it listed in literature. It was an unplanned stop, but we ended up spending several house here. They have wonderful displays of old and, large & small, plain & fancy clocks & watches. There are excellent descriptive wall signs and docents offering addition information. One docent demonstrated some of... More 

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38 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

There were a lot of neat things to see in this museum and it was bigger than I thought it was going to be. Our kids (14 and 6) were both very interested in the different types of clocks used through history. We were also able to see a demonstration of the large Engle Clock.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

The National Watch and Clock Museum is one that we have wanted to visit many times, but never did. WOW! Are we sorry. By the time we were about half way thru the museum we wished we had more time in the area to return on another day. There was just so much to see and learn one trip just... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

It's a beautiful place to visit with family. Great learning experience. The admission is cheap. We drove from Lancaster and took us 20 minutes. Don't miss this place

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Alexandria, Virginia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Our family was in town going to the Turkey Hill Experience so we got tickets to the Museum also. As with a LOT of attractions in this area, military is either free or discounted!! I am mainly a watch aficionado, but the clocks and displays (some interactive) not only interested me, but also my wife and two younger boys. This... More 

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Princeton, New Jersey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We were planning a trip to the area and saw a Groupon. My husband loves old clocks so we decided to buy it. I am so glad we did. I was worried it would bore my 4 & 5 year old but they had a great time looking at all the old clocks. It was calm and educational and just... More 

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Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

The first time we went I took my granddaughter and great grandson and they made a snowman clock. The museum was interesting enough that a five and six year old wanted to spend two hours there. I have been back with adults and we spend more somewhere between two and four hours there. It is a small but well done... More 

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