National Watch and Clock Museum

National Watch and Clock Museum

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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The National Watch & Clock Museum was officially opened to the public in 1977 with fewer than 1,000 items. Since that time, the collection has increased to more than 13,000 timepieces from around the world, and the museum has undergone several expansion projects. 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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John K
Lebanon, PA401 contributions
Oct 2022
When we visited Columbia recently, we were told to go to this museum. Holy cow, am I glad we did! This is an incredibly interesting place, with grandfather clocks and watches dating back to the seventeenth century! There are also other types of clocks, as in wall clocks, and even sun dials on display.
An absolutely must see is the "Eighth Wonder of the World" grandfather clock, and be sure to have a guide talk about it and demonstrate it for you. Honestly, you won't believe your eyes and the history behind it.
We spent three hours in here browsing and reading about all the clocks from the different time periods, and we could have spent at least another half hour doing that. Clearly, one has to enjoy this sort of thing to really appreciate it, but I really think it's worth the time. There's also a gift shop which offers a variety of clock and non-clock items. If you've never been here before, this is a must see.
Written October 22, 2022
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Steven
4 contributions
Jul 2022
Very interesting and informative tour. Huge and varied collection of time-keeping pieces. Staff was friendly and helpful. Facility was spotless and a pleasure visit. Entire family including adult children enjoyed it.
Written July 23, 2022
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PurpleAnkh
Fort Washington, MD221 contributions
Sep 2021
Got to see the Engle clock demonstration it was really cool. It happens twice a day and the docent explaining it wandered through the museum inviting people to see it. Very strange to be in a room with that much ticking but a very cool exhibit. There are older mechanisms and a few older timepieces that I found fascinating that incorporated mirrors and artwork
Written September 13, 2021
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She
3 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
I think the museum is beautiful.I enjoyed the pocket watches . The artistry and mechanical work are genius. Twelve dollars each seemed a bit steep.
Only thing I don’t understand about the museum is that there were numerous don’t tread on me symbols on small cards placed around.
Written January 14, 2022
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LiverpudlianLady
Boardman, OH26 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
My fourth trip to this great museum. So many clocks on display, especially old mechanical clocks from a different world than today. They are engineering wonders, works of art, whimsical toys, and more. They have clocks from giant clocktowers on display, still running. I go to this museum every time I pass through Lancaster county.
Written July 1, 2022
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luv2travelPittsburgh
Pittsburgh80 contributions
May 2022
Oh my, such an interesting museum. Massive Grandfather clocks, smaller wall clocks...from all over the world. The intricacies of these treasures are just mind boggling. Such workmanship would be hard to find in this modern world. Why isn't this amazing, historical collection in a larger city, such as NY or DC?? Once you find it, you will so glad you did.
Written May 11, 2022
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Kathy O
Somerdale, NJ33 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
If you like time pieces this is your place. A wonderful display of everything from watches to clock tower mechanisms. If you are into James Bond, don't miss the watch display of a bunch of the watches worn by the bond actors.
Written May 21, 2021
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CCTKnight84
South Glens Falls, NY136 contributions
Aug 2021
Not going to lie, it was 97 degrees and we figured to spend a little time in a place with air conditioning. Our expectations weren't especially high, yet what a pleasant surprise! I mean, yeah, it's pretty much just clocks and watches - but it was really informative, and quite interesting. I think kids would get bored pretty quickly, but for folks who like a bit of history, check it out.
Written August 14, 2021
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alexwolf2016
Green Cove Springs, Florida352 contributions
Aug 2021
They have clocks of all types, of course, although only the monumental clock is anything special. They had plenty of older mechanisms, some large, some working, but no explanation of what you were seeing; I found that disappointing.
Staff was very nice.
Worth a visit if you’re in the area.
Written August 25, 2021
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Familia4NY
25 contributions
Aug 2019
We traveled to Lancaster from NYC. This museum was a pleasant surprise. We enjoyed our visit in 2018 and again in 2019 for gifts shopping. Check it out. The older man at the customer service desk at entry is friendly with kids and pleasant to speak with. Cool and different experience with the Clock tour.
Written July 27, 2020
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