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“A great mix of art and science”

National Watch and Clock Museum
Ranked #1 of 20 things to do 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.
Reviewed 6 April 2012

We only live a few miles from the National Watch and Clock Museum but for whatever reason we had visited it before. It was much larger than we anticipated, with an amazing display of devices for measuring time nicely arranged, including some absolutely beautiful pieces of art that just happen to tell time, and the "monumental clock" was incredible. We spent almost two hours there with our 11-year old son and I think he loved it even more than me. Some exhibits were geared more towards serious collectors and watch enthusiasts but still a fun place to spend a few hours.

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"pocket watches"
in 22 reviews
"on display"
in 20 reviews
"james bond"
in 8 reviews
"moving figures"
in 6 reviews
"two hours"
in 11 reviews
"watch making"
in 4 reviews
"gift shop"
in 15 reviews
"interesting exhibits"
in 4 reviews
"every hour on the hour"
in 3 reviews
"sounds boring"
in 3 reviews
"national association"
in 3 reviews
"minute movie"
in 3 reviews
"worth a stop"
in 4 reviews
"self guided tour"
in 5 reviews
"lancaster county"
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Reviewed 2 April 2012

This is a wonderful building, space, exhibit. Totally self guided, but the reference cards give a good description of each clock/timepiece. We were instructed by the ticket seller that we should not miss the last (3:00) striking of the Engle Clock, a huge showpiece clock described as "The Eighth Wonder of the World" . We timed our visit so as to arrive in the seating area about five minutes to three. But the demonstrator never showed up. He was LATE in a museum full of clocks!! At three twenty, I walked out of the museum to the gift shop, the attendant, who was on his cell phone, ignored me until I went up to him and told him we were waiting. He never spoke to me, walked by and went to get the demonstrator, who also walked by me, so I followed. His demonstration was one of the most unenthusiastic things I have ever witnessed, mechanical, inaudible at times and really a shame. The one question we had, he couldn't answer. I would recommend seeing the collection if you are in the area, but don't expect much out of the people who work there. Asked the ticket man if he knew a clock repair man and he said "he wasn't a clock guy".

Thank jayne p
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Reviewed 1 April 2012

This is a unique museum that is a must see - the curator should receive more recognition for his amazing collections - the presentations are outstanding - the subjects always interesting & taking TIME out of your day to be rewarded by visiting this wonderful museum.

Thank Randal D
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Reviewed 29 March 2012

A really nifty museum! Offers up such interesting displays of clocks and their history.

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Reviewed 24 March 2012

If you ate at all interested in clocks and their history, this place is not to be missed. It's well laid out and covers the history of clocks from the beginning to the present, including the roles clocks and watches played in the movies - James Bond's watches on display. If that isn't your cup of tea, you might not be as enthusiastic about this museum.

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