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“Large interesting museum about time and timekeeping”

National Watch and Clock Museum
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed September 6, 2012

This very large place has over 1600 time pieces on display going back far into history. There is a 10 minute film, many interesting exhibits explaining time and timepieces. There are many clocks, watches, etc. to see like one owned by George Washington and another by Napoleon's sister. There is also a demonstration of the famous 1800s Engle clock with its many moving pieces. This place is so large you could easily spend at day here. We did not really expect much but came away very pleased that we went here. They have a large free parking lot. Admission is $8, but there are senior and AAA discounts.

Thank Pnemiller
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

One day when I made a day trip to Turkey Hill Experience, they had pamphlets there for this place within walking distance. I figured since I was already here, why not?

I am not exaggerating when I say this place has more clocks than you can ever imagine--from the ancient to the modern and from the simple to the complex. You might even want to take one of them home with you, but unfortunately unless you're filthy rich they're not going to sell you any of them.

What I found most fascinating was the collection of packet watches. I never realized there were so many different makes and models.

It's educational as well. They have exhibits that explain, among other things, longitude, daylight savings time, old railroad time, solar time, shadow clocks (sundials), and a replica of Stonehenge.

I would recommend this attraction for anyone visiting the Greater Lancaster, PA area.

Thank Tom_H_LimerickPA
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Reviewed July 21, 2012

Who cares about clocks, you say? Nobody. But they have really made it interesting. Plus they have classes in watching making. Even a changing exhibit. Don't miss this jewel.

Thank JanandJennifer
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

We had a great time seeing all the differnt clocks and watches. There are some hands on for children

Thank Columbia_Pa-Barb
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Reviewed June 18, 2012

Very nice facility for those who are interested in time pieces. The film really makes you think about the importance of time in our lives. Very interesting information about the evolution of time pieces, especially for those who are collectors. The Engel Clock is amazing. Try to catch the demonstration of this clock if you can. So many beautiful clocks! It is well worth a visit.

Thank arlene444
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