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National Watch and Clock Museum

Address: 514 Poplar St., Columbia, PA 17512
Phone Number: 717 684-8261
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Ranked #1 of 12 Attractions in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Specialty Shops, Specialty Museums, Museums
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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.

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Florissant, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We expected to go in for 45 minutes to an hour and spent 3 hours. Don't miss the hourly playing of the enormous clock with all its moving pieces. The Smithsonian is part of this museum and it shows. Never knew there was so much to appreciate about time and clocks

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Clocks from the bringing of clocks. It would be possible to spend hours if you looked at every single time piece.Would not recomend for small children.

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Wescosville, Pennsylvania
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320 reviews 320 reviews
207 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Get the combo ticket with Turkey Hill and enjoy both and save some money. This self guided tour starts with a brief movie and then you have all the time to explore the evolution and development time measurement. Pick out what piques your interest because there is so much to see you run out of time as you wend your... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 via mobile

the details and the history is wonderful. Plan on spending 3 or 4 hours, so much to see and admire. I hace never seen so many timepieces in one place. We plan on another visit.

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Wanaque, New Jersey
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

What a surprise. Thought this would be a small, two room museum. Instead, it is a multi-room museum that traces the art of watch and clock making from the beginning of time to the present. Great artifacts and watch and clock displays. Really worth a visit for those even moderately interested in the telling of time. Tip: purchase the combo... More

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Mount Holly, New Jersey
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66 reviews 66 reviews
30 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

If passing through this area, this place is worth a stop. If you are hard-core into clocks, then its worth a special trip to come here. They have a large collection of watches and antique clocks, grandfather clocks, and monument clocks. They have a few hands-on stuff for kids, but its really a museum tailored for adults, most of the... More

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Richmond, Virginia
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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89 reviews 89 reviews
25 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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