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National Watch and Clock Museum
Ranked #2 of 20 things to do in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence
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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 November 13, 2012

This is like the Smithsonian of watches and clocks. Seems to emphasize tall clocks and pocket watches. Also has mockups of a watchmakers shop, turn of the century jewelery shop and clockmakers shop. 2 hours is not really enough time to see it all. Well worth a visit. Look online for discount coupons.

Thank Steve F
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

Fantastic collection of watches and clocks. Learned a lot about the history of timekeeping. Went with a pocket watch collector and he was very impressed with the quality and variety of watches and clocks on display. A must-see if you are in the area.

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Reviewed September 25, 2012

I took my 13 year old son on a road trip, and we happened to discover this place on roadsideamerica.com (an interesting web site to find many relatively obscure places). It was a short detour while we were driving from York, Pennsylvania, to Hershey (each with other sites). My son was actually quite fascinated by the place, which showed many historic clocks, many intricate and unique clocks, information about how all kinds of different clocks work (I certainly had no idea, for instance, that quartz had some kind of natural pulse), and much more. It's in a small town (I'm not sure why they chose this place), and therefore probably not a destination for most people, but if you're in the neighborhood, it's worth a stop on a family vacation.

Thank 123ontheroadagain
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Reviewed September 21, 2012

We went to The National Watch and Clock Museum not knowing what to expect. It was extremely quiet the afternoon we went. Definitely a lot of reading... We were getting to leave when we asked if we would like to see the Engle clock. Thoroughly enjoyed this. It's amazing what a clock can do. This definitely made our visit. Special exhibits were in the middle of being changed. Not for the really young children.

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Reviewed September 20, 2012

Never knew there was so much history behind clocks and watches. Saw George Washington's pocket watch. The Engle clock was fascinating to watch with all the moving parts. It is huge!!

Thank TNVisitor54
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