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National Watch and Clock Museum

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Address: 514 Poplar St, Columbia, PA 17512-2124
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The National Watch and Clock Museum was officially opened to the public in...

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.

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Wonderful Time

My husband and I went to this museum during a short getaway in Lancaster. We both thoroughly enjoyed moving through the history of timepieces - the exhibits were well presented... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Syracuse
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I went to this museum during a short getaway in Lancaster. We both thoroughly enjoyed moving through the history of timepieces - the exhibits were well presented and informative (without getting technical). We enjoyed a demonstration of the monument clock, learning of the many artisans involved in creating a grandfather or shelf clock, and even saw a... More 

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Delta, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Maybe I’m a time geek and just didn’t know it, but I found this place fascinating. I took my granddaughters (4 years and 9 years) today they had a good time, and I did too. Many interesting clocks and exhibits, we spent about two hours with the kids but I could have easily spent three or four. I highly recommend... More 

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Gilford, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What can you say about a place I did not want to go to initially BUT thoroughly enjoyed. The title sounds boring but there is something to do for all ages. Especially enjoyed the Exhibit on GPS satellites for keeping the time. We had to rush because the museum closed at 4:00 Pm. I would say give yourself at least... More 

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Thank Howard E
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

My hubby and I found this to be pretty interesting. Unfortunately we got there not long before they were scheduled to close. It is a place we'd like to go see again.

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

A beautiful museum showcasing the collection of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors. Obviously, a must-see if you're into old watches and/or clocks, but the artifacts on display exhibit such artistry that it should be interesting for just about everyone. The museum does an especially good job of showing how measuring time has been a concern of human... More 

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Braintree, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

This museum is a must stop for those who love watches, clocks, and anything time keeping related. It says people generally spend 2 hours, i spent 5 hours from 11am until 4pm close and still could spend more. Will definitely return.

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Thank Tyler K
Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

This was the first time I ever visit the museum. The sad part is I live in Columbia. I was totally flabbergasted by this place. Looking at clocks that where made over 700 and 800 hundred years ago and still working is incredible. The workmanship on these time pieces from the earlier times make you marvel. Most of the pieces... More 

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Thank Mark S
Weston, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

Here is a museum that offers a look a timekeeping for all ages. Children have special maps to find time items and relate to the museum. They have these for under eight and over eight. For the adults it can be many things: a time back to things you saw when you were small, items for shows like Downton Abby... More 

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Flemington, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Stopped in to visit the museum, I was surprised at how much information from the beginning of time. Interesting clocks and watches from many time periods. If you are into 'time' this is a must.

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Athens, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Great history here! A complete collection of so many different clocks and watches, beautifully displayed, many working, with great explanations. Laid out historically so it's so easy to see the development of timepieces. Beautiful things. Go!

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