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National Watch and Clock Museum

514 Poplar St, Columbia, PA 17512-2124
+1 717-684-8261
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Fantastic experience

This off-beat small museum has everything about time and timepieces you would ever want to know... read more

Reviewed 23 June 2016
Maxene923
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New York
Time well spent

Set aside a few hours to tour this wonderful Gem of a museum. Beautiful clocks, watches and pocket... read more

Reviewed 17 June 2016
Judy C
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Albany, New York
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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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514 Poplar St, Columbia, PA 17512-2124
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Reviewed 23 June 2016

This off-beat small museum has everything about time and timepieces you would ever want to know, from four continents and thousands of years. They do their best to make the info accessible to kids, but to me, this is an adult, information-packed site. Beautiful old...More

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Reviewed 17 June 2016

Set aside a few hours to tour this wonderful Gem of a museum. Beautiful clocks, watches and pocket watches. Be sure to see the demo of Giant clock which took 20 years to build. Amazing piece of art not just a clock. Much infor. given...More

Thank Judy C
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Reviewed 15 June 2016 via mobile

We were impressed by the variety and number if watches and clocks in this exquisitely maintained museum. You will find room after room of well-spaced timepieces with informative descriptions. Don't miss the hourly demo of the largest clock with many moving figures popping out of...More

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Reviewed 11 June 2016

We found this museum to be so interesting, that we wished we had allowed more time for our visit. Expecting to stay only for an hour or so, we ended up spending 3 hours, and wished for a little more time. The intro video is...More

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Reviewed 10 June 2016

This museum had WAY more than I expected! After reading other reviews from Trip Advisor, I decided to go here. WOW!! SO MANY time pieces! It is amazing to see some of the historical pocket watches...the craftsmanship is amazing...especially to realize that some of these...More

Thank Kathleen Rene
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Reviewed 9 June 2016

A friend who grew up in this area recommended this museum; I found the most fascinating the movie, the beginning of the museum, which discusses ancient history, time and religion, the presentation of the huge clock that has figures coming out and circling, like some...More

Thank 76desert
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Reviewed 8 June 2016

There are some beautiful time pieces in this museum. The Engle Clock is a true work of art. This might be a bit boring for kids FYI.

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Reviewed 31 May 2016 via mobile

I admit I wasn't excited to go here, sounds boring! But I will have to say I was pleasantly surprised! I loved it! Very nice place, a TON to see. My children were 10 and 12 boys and it kept their attention! Would love to...More

Thank Vinette C
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Reviewed 21 May 2016

If you have any interest in watches or clocks, fancy or plain, mechanical, electrical or atomic, this is the place to be. Very well thought out with just the right amount and location for hands-on activities to keep the kiddies interested. It covers everything from...More

Thank baab875
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Reviewed 19 March 2016

This small but well stocked museum was a wonderful serendipitous find on our trip to the Turkey Hill Ice Cream Factory, just around the corner. I thoroughly enthralled with the education of time keeping throughout the ages, beginning with ancient civilizations all over the world....More

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Hola Gabriela! Recomendaría entrar en contacto con el reloj nacional y el museo del reloj para ver. Sé que a veces compran o aceptan artículos, y tienen un buen personal. No sé si lo aceptarían o no, pero vale la pena... More
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They are N.A.W.C.C. Look there. Right now they have limited museum hours = Tues thru Sat 10-4 Starting in April they expand to Sunday, then after Memorial Day their hours expand. Enjoy your trip!
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