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National Watch and Clock Museum
Ranked #1 of 12 Shopping in Columbia
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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.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Great place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2014

When we heard of this place we thought it couldn't be anything amazing (it's not in a very busy area). We were wrong. The place is large, very well kept, and has thousands of different types of watches/clocks and the history to go with it.
If you enjoy mechanical objects, watches, or are just into history then this place is well worth it

Visited April 2014
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Columbia, MD
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“This Place is Very Worthwhile”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2014

I was very impressed with my tour of the National Watch and Clock Museum. If you have the time (2-3 hours), it is worth it. The museum is very clean and the clocks on display are amazing.

Visited June 2013
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Syosset
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Lame? No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2014

So unless your a watch person, your thinking, "We can pass this one by - sounds boring - a bunch of clocks and watches..."
Don't miss it, or you'll miss something interesting. Neat, clean and up to date museum. Everything from watches to grandfather clocks, and loads to look at, see working, and touch. Cool part: you will actually understand how a clock works by the time you leave. Staff was friendly and professional.
We thought this would be a "go in, look at a bunch of pocket watches and leave" but it turned out to be 2-3 hours of relaxing, looking and learning. Yes - kids liked it. Demonstration of largest clock (with all the moving figures) was interesting. Hearing history of it was even more interesting.
Overall - go and see it. Reasonable priced (I think $20 for the family). even if you only spend an hour, it's and interesting stop.

Visited February 2014
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Warminster, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great About TIME”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2014

Great History on TIME, Allow 2-3 Hours and lots of reading, tour guide of the largest clock was very intersting,

Visited January 2014
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Shamokin, Pennsylvania
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“A World-Class Museum In A Small Pennsylvania Town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2013

If a Picasso exhibit would come to the United States, we'd expect the paintings to be in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, or another big city. We certainly wouldn't expect an exhibit of such distinction to be on display in Columbia, PA, but for enthusiasts of timekeeping devices, a display that's the equivalent of a Picasso display is currently available for viewing in Columbia, at the National Watch & Clock Museum.

The museum is currently hosting an exhibit of clocks and watches produced by Thomas Tompion of England in the 17th and 18th centuries. Many experts regard Tompion as the most important clockmaker in history, and his pieces display both amazing mechanical accuracy and artistic beauty. His pieces were tremendously instrumental in allowing us to reach the point where we are today, which is to time our lives down to the milisecond.

Tompion's clocks will be on display only until January 19,2014, but the National Watch & Clock Museum is always the nation's premier museum for watches and clocks. Columbia is in western Lancaster County, beside the Susquehanna River, and it's less than an hour's drive from Lancaster County's Amish country and the Gettysburg Battlefield, so this is definitely a good place to visit either as a single-destination trip or as a part of a trip to south-central Pennsylvania.

Visited December 2013
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