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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

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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Tick tock let's look at clocks

Stopped here on a Saturday in July with my boys ages 11 and 12. Thought the museum was well laid out and enjoyed the many clock/time keeping displays. My kids liked the water... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Stopped here on a Saturday in July with my boys ages 11 and 12. Thought the museum was well laid out and enjoyed the many clock/time keeping displays. My kids liked the water clock! We especially enjoyed the Engle Clock presentation, very cool. My kids thought they were going to be bored but told me afterwards they were only half... More 

Thank kelybeans
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I drive through Columbia and go across the bridge to Wrightsville from time to time. So I see that large mural advertising the clock museum each time I do this which is about 3 times a year. When our friends suggested we visit I had expected a ho-hum collection in one of the old abandoned buildings that make up a... More 

Thank Chalkguy
Perkasie, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent well over an hour at this very interesting museum. So many time pieces at one place. Kids loves the written activity pages.

Thank Beverly S
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everything you could or would like to know about measuring, recording learning about time from 5000 years ago to the present and even the future. Well-displayed items and discussion of time. Ever wonder why we use 365 days, 12 months, 7 days per week - all explained in a manner to appeal to everyone from grade school though adulthood. Everything... More 

Thank bruce s
Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is a whole lot bigger than you anticipate. It's huge! Starting with the earliest history of clocks through today, this museum has a tremendous number of functioning timepieces...hundreds. Small gift shop. Well worth the trip.

Thank Ben S
Simpsonville, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Very well-done museum, not a collection in some guys basement.. Very large, with thousands of timepieces from every era and area. Lots and lots of content to read if you are into it. Kids might be bored unless you are content to go through fairly quickly and just share the highlights. I went through alone, looking at most but not... More 

Thank DGH999
New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

This off-beat small museum has everything about time and timepieces you would ever want to know, from four continents and thousands of years. They do their best to make the info accessible to kids, but to me, this is an adult, information-packed site. Beautiful old clocks and historical facts. Loved sitting at the watchmakers' table!

Thank Maxene923
Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

Set aside a few hours to tour this wonderful Gem of a museum. Beautiful clocks, watches and pocket watches. Be sure to see the demo of Giant clock which took 20 years to build. Amazing piece of art not just a clock. Much infor. given about the history of time . Worthwhile also is the short movie at the beginning.... More 

Thank Judy C
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

We were impressed by the variety and number if watches and clocks in this exquisitely maintained museum. You will find room after room of well-spaced timepieces with informative descriptions. Don't miss the hourly demo of the largest clock with many moving figures popping out of little doors. Though it looks centuries old, the huge, beautiful building that houses this enormous... More 

Thank lindymiles
North Wales, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

We found this museum to be so interesting, that we wished we had allowed more time for our visit. Expecting to stay only for an hour or so, we ended up spending 3 hours, and wished for a little more time. The intro video is very good, and the displays on early history of timekeeping were wonderful....we had no idea... More 

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