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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, Shopping & Fashion
Owner description: The National Watch and Clock Museum was officially opened to the public in 1977 with fewer than...
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Type: History Museums, Specialty Shops, Specialty Museums, Museums, Shopping & Fashion
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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Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania
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125 reviews 125 reviews
31 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We've been meaning to go for over a year and we finally went. We're very glad we did because it is an interesting, niche, museum. We both enjoy history and there is plenty to see. All the way from when it is believed people recognized the value and meaning of time (4,000 B.C.), to the present. There is short film... More 

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NJ
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65 reviews 65 reviews
34 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This museum was much better than I expected. We actually spent 2 hours wandering around looking at all the amazing clocks and watches from many different eras. Be sure to see the demonstration of the giant clock that the staff operates throughout the day.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

The Clock Museum has very comprehensive exhibits and I found the museum interesting. That said, I did my undergrad degree in history, so I enjoyed the high level of detail. I did notice that the kids people had with them were a little bit squirmy, but that may be true at any museum. You can do this attraction is as... More 

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Takoma Park, Maryland
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

I first stopped by this place in the late 1990's and keep going back! This is a whole family experience. Lots of hands on activities for all ages. Amazing collection of clocks and watches which show the history of time. Their special exhibits cover everything from historic clocks and watches to modern interpretations of time keeping. They have a great... More 

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North Carolina
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105 reviews 105 reviews
39 attraction reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

This is an amazing 1st class place describing the history of timekeeping. At first it might sound boring, but not so, as each interesting display pulls you on to the next. There are some interactive activities which are terrific for young and old alike. The collection of clocks is awesome from all areas of the world and different time periods.... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
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69 reviews 69 reviews
20 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

We loved this trip. The children also did. Very well layed out. We went for a work Christmas party. Do not let the area lead you away it is a great place with good parking and well lite.

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York, PA
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We were pleasantly surprised by all the different clocks in this little museum in this small town. We spent 2 1/2 hours there and could have spent more. Many of the really old clocks were still keeping time! Don't miss the hourly demonstration of an old LARGE clock as it is fabulous to see all the different doors open and... More 

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Florissant, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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333 reviews 333 reviews
213 attraction reviews
133 helpful votes 133 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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