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National Watch and Clock Museum

514 Poplar St, Columbia, PA 17512-2124
+1 717-684-8261
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Wonderful displays

The clocks and watches on display are magnificent. The craftsmanship, detailed scrolling and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
rddonley21
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Surprisingly interesting

My husband likes clocks, so we made a day trip to the museum and surrounding area. I was surprised... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jennifer W
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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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514 Poplar St, Columbia, PA 17512-2124
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The clocks and watches on display are magnificent. The craftsmanship, detailed scrolling and mechanical designs can all be viewed. Ask to see a demonstration of this clock. It is amazing.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband likes clocks, so we made a day trip to the museum and surrounding area. I was surprised at the size of the museum and even more surprised that I found it interesting. There were ancient clocks, astrolabes, and chronometers. The history included sundials,...More

Thank Jennifer W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum has a very large collection of watches and clocks from all over the world and spanning centuries. There is an information film that you can watch before you tour the museum. Too bad, there were no close captions for the hard of hearing...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum has a LOT of clocks and watches. That's certainly fine as far as it goes, but I was more interested in the history of timepieces and how they work. They do a decent job on the first, but fall a bit short (I...More

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Reviewed May 9, 2018

My wife and I visited the museum which covers the history of timekeeping and clocks and focuses on clocks made in the US. Clocks and firearms are the first things that were mass-produced with interchangeable parts in the US and started the Industrial Revolution. We...More

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Reviewed May 6, 2018 via mobile

Interesting for a quick visit to see time history. 12 year old son enjoyed it. Staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. Loved seeing the Engle Clock exhibit.

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Reviewed May 5, 2018

From the tiniest pocket watch to the cuckoo clocks to the Monumental Clock, this museum has it all. There are interactive activities for children (although just a few). It is so interesting to see how humans have been keeping time through the ages. You won't...More

Thank Jan B
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Reviewed May 1, 2018

Myself and 18 other motorcyclist were in the area and this was one of our stops. When first informed about where we were going I said where? But to my surprise it was an awesome time and very informative. You learn something every day. Thank...More

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Reviewed April 20, 2018 via mobile

Saw review of this museum in area brochures we picked up at local visitors center. I thought it would definitely be worth a visit. Surprised to see signs for this museum on the way to Turkey Hill Experience. Then we found it was only a...More

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Reviewed March 13, 2018

The best collection and display of clocks and watches I have ever seen worldwide, bar none. World class museum in an unknown town! Very helpful staff.

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Perdón, es Liege 1905 Hors Concours
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Response from youthgoes | Reviewed this property |
Hola Gabriela! Recomendaría entrar en contacto con el reloj nacional y el museo del reloj para ver. Sé que a veces compran o aceptan artículos, y tienen un buen personal. No sé si lo aceptarían o no, pero vale la pena... More
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Response from JeanieBeanieD | Reviewed this property |
They are N.A.W.C.C. Look there. Right now they have limited museum hours = Tues thru Sat 10-4 Starting in April they expand to Sunday, then after Memorial Day their hours expand. Enjoy your trip!
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