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Bily Clocks Museum

323 S Main St, Spillville, IA 52168-4404
+1 563-562-3569
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A gem in Spillville.

The clocks are simply amazing. Our guide was wonderful in talking about the clocks and showing all... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
singingaccordionist
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Ames, Iowa
Something to See and Hear!

This is an amazing story of two brothers who kept busy whittling wood for their enjoyment and the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
JodyRB
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Apple Valley, Minnesota
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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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323 S Main St, Spillville, IA 52168-4404
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The clocks are simply amazing. Our guide was wonderful in talking about the clocks and showing all the workings of each one. Remarkable carving and very generous of them to keep them local and not make any money from them. The Dvorak displays upstairs are...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an amazing story of two brothers who kept busy whittling wood for their enjoyment and the enjoyment of their other brother who may have been austic. Go see the most beautiful clocks you will ever see made by hands of these young boys!...More

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Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

My wife and I visited the museum on a weekend trip to the Decorah area, and are so glad we made the side-trip to Spillville. This museum is a little gem. The clocks and carving are enough to satisfy in their own right, but to...More

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Reviewed 18 October 2017

What a wonderful little museum showcasing truly beautiful, one-of-a-kind masterpiece clocks designed and carved by two brothers. The museum was easy to locate and resides in a beautiful historic building. Our guide was wonderful, and told stories of certain clocks while showcasing their musical and...More

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Reviewed 23 September 2017

In a small out of the way town, there exists a marvelous museum of beautiful hand carved clocks. Amazing what talent these two guys had, and did this when they weren't farming! Clocks with a theme, with wondrous movement, with many different types of wood....More

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Reviewed 22 September 2017

You should hear the story of Frank and Joseph Bily. Better, you should see their clocks. Henry Ford offered a million dollars for one and was turned down. The Bily brothers were self-educated farmers who made hand-carved wooden clocks during the off-season. You can see...More

Thank MDarrah
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Reviewed 18 September 2017

Amazing tours, amazing clocks and the perfect mix of history and humor. We did a late evening tour literally showed up 15:30 and the service we received was great. You are not allowed to take photos inside so you will just have to visit it....More

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Reviewed 6 September 2017

This museum will boggle the mind as you see for yourself the craftsmanship that 2 brothers put into their hobby. It is well worth going out of your way to visit when you find yourself within a 3 hour drive of Decorah Iowa. The tour...More

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Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

Bily Clocks museum is one of a kind. You won't find these masterpieces anywhere else. You will also learn why Dvorak spent time in the town and the building the museum is housed in. Don't miss it. Mary was our guide and she was wonderful....More

Thank Monty M
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Reviewed 16 August 2017

I have always wanted to visit this museum. Took my daughter during the middle of the week to see the hand carved clocks. We joined a tour that had just gotten started. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and knew the stories behind all the...More

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Linda M
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What are the hours of operation for the museum?
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Linda M
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Response from Kevin S | Reviewed this property |
open til 5 pm. there is a small admission.
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