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National Watch and Clock Museum

514 Poplar St, Columbia, PA 17512-2124
+1 717-684-8261
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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... read more

Reviewed July 22, 2016
Impressive collection in an unexpected place

I drive through Columbia and go across the bridge to Wrightsville from time to time. So I see that... read more

Reviewed July 21, 2016
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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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
+1 717-684-8261
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Reviewed July 22, 2016

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...More

Thank kelybeans
Reviewed July 21, 2016

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...More

Thank Chalkguy
Reviewed July 19, 2016

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
Reviewed July 1, 2016

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 -...More

Thank bruce s
Reviewed June 26, 2016 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
Reviewed June 23, 2016

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...More

Thank DGH999
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...More

Thank Maxene923
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...More

Thank Judy C
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...More

Thank lindymiles
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...More

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September 26, 2017|
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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
January 21, 2017|
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!