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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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have any interest in the history of time keeping, this museum would be a must. It's extraordinary, a hidden gem of a museum, extraordinarily well done with an amazing collection... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 17, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

have any interest in the history of time keeping, this museum would be a must. It's extraordinary, a hidden gem of a museum, extraordinarily well done with an amazing collection of time keeping devices. It's also large, new and beautifully done offering a conceptual look at time keeping through the ages complete with sound effects. You could easily spend a... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

I would be hard pressed to say that there is a clock or watch not displayed in the collection, which awes visitors to this prestigious museum. The tour begins in the lobby, where visitors can stamp in their arrival by means of a time clock. The history of time is chronicled in a small theater film preservation off the lobby.... More 

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Huntsville, AL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Something for everyone... even the kids. They have special "to-do's" for the kids and the museum is very well laid out and the descriptions are most educational.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

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

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