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Address: 323 S. Main Street, Spillville, IA 52168
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+1 563-562-3569
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The Bily Clocks Museum & Antonin Dvorak Exhibit has been a favorite...

The Bily Clocks Museum & Antonin Dvorak Exhibit has been a favorite attraction of young and old for many years. Visitors return year after year to the enchanting town of Spillville, Iowa, (located thirteen miles southwest of the town of Decorah), to marvel at the unique clocks that two brothers, Frank and Joseph Bily (bee-lee) hand-carved. The clocks depict history, art, religion and culture and are covered with hundreds of expertly carved figures. Some stand over nine feet tall.

Also housed in the museum on the second floor is an exhibit in memory of the famous Czech composer, Antonin Dvorak. In the summer of 1893, he along with his family, occupied the second floor of the building.

An admission fee is charged. Tours are given regularly.

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I grew up not far from Spillville and when I was very young we went to Bily Clocks several times. I am also of Czech heritage and always felt close to my relatives who immigrated... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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West Concord, Minnesota, United States
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West Concord, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I grew up not far from Spillville and when I was very young we went to Bily Clocks several times. I am also of Czech heritage and always felt close to my relatives who immigrated here 125 years ago when we would visit there. The clocks always left me in awe of the craftsmanship of the brothers. I loved learning... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

This was across the street from where we were staying and it didn't take long to see why people come to town just to see it. Local history, amazing carved clocks and Dvorak :)

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Rochester, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Spillville is a small town with a rich Czech heritage. It houses this amazing collection of hand carved clocks by the Bily brothers, Frank and Joseph. Truly each clock is a work of art. Some stand as tall as nine feet. The brothers converted their mother's treadle sewing machine into a jig saw. The brothers bequeathed the clocks to the... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

Great museum that houses the clocks designed and carved by two brothers in the first half of the 20th century. They simply liked to carve, and passed up an offer of $1 million from Henry Ford for one of their most intricate designs. The tour is on the first floor where a docent talks about each clock and winds many... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

A wonderful museum, not to be missed. The Bily clocks are something you would see in the Smithsonian Museum, only they're in the heart of a little town called Spillville, Iowa. Very well run, the guides are informative and pleasant, and the cost of admission is reasonable. Well worth an hour or so of your time!!!

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Dyersville
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

A beautiful trip back into handcrafted music and woodworks. You will never find another place quite like this one. Very clean and well kept. Cost is $8 per adult. Plenty of parking. Two story museum. Explore the outdoors with plenty of old antiques laying around. Dvorak is well known in these parts and his classical music is worldwide. Park in... More 

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Frisco, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

If you are within 150 miles of Spillville, place this high on your list of "must sees"! An amazing clock collection of the most gorgeous woodworking I've ever seen in these lifetime's work masterpieces of the Bily Brothers. Just absolutely marvelous!

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Ames, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

Make a trip to Spillville to the Bily Brother Clock/Dvorak Museum to hear the fascinating story of the Bily Brothers and see their carved wooden clocks. Their mastery of woodworking is amazing! Visited the museum as a child and when revisiting as an adult, it did not disappoint!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016

The story of the Bily brothers and their AMAZING clock carving is a must stop! Don't be put off by the tiny town and think this is some sort of blah, ho-hum stop. Do it, you'll be amazed at the talent here!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2015

The only downside to this museum is its location. Due to the dedication and word of the Bily brothers, they wanted to make absolutely sure that this museum stayed in the small town of Spillville. It was a bit of a trek getting there but I'm glad I checked this place out. The Antonin Dvborak Exhibit might be icing on... More 

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