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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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Who knew a collection of timepieces could be so comprehensive. . .it's not just about your grandfather's pocket watch. History, tools of the trade, memorabilia are on display... read more

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Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Who knew a collection of timepieces could be so comprehensive. . .it's not just about your grandfather's pocket watch. History, tools of the trade, memorabilia are on display. Self guided tour allows guests to linger at any or all captioned items from across the country and around the world. If you enjoy craftsmanship at its finest, you may need more... More 

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Howell, New Jersey
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

By its title this museum does not sound as if it would be that interesting- just a bunch of watches and clocks on display. This is hardly the case. I believe there are almost 12,000 items on display. The museum is very modern, user-friendly, and with ample parking. Not only are clocks displayed from multiple centuries, but also the history... More 

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Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped by this wonderful museum with Dad, as he is a watch and clock enthusiast. We had a great time. This museum is open on Sundays and weekends, which is great for families, and also a great stop for ethusiasts or anyone just taking a day trip. The museum is all on one floor, so no worries on mobility, but... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Located in a beautiful newer building, the museum has everything you ever wanted to know about the history of time keeping and the making of clocks and other timepieces from the ancient Egyptians until the current day. Many hundreds of clocks and watches are on display.

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Florence
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place - thousands of clocks of all types. Explains the history & developments of clocks & watches as well as early time pieces. Had some displays where you could try out the time piece; one had bowls of different sizes with a single hole in the center. When the bowl was put into the container of water they sunk... More 

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Edison, New Jersey, United States
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This museum was very interesting. In my opinion you will either really enjoy it or find it to be very boring. My son has an obsession with clocks and my husband and I love history so we all enjoyed it. They have all sorts of clocks and watches, some very beautiful. There's activities for kids where they get to make... More 

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Pottsville, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

I couldn't completely take this huge and interesting museum in just in one visit. I was amazed at the size of the collection. We took our grandchildren, that being said, had to move through the museum at their pace. We knew that this would only interest them to a certain degree. But I think they saw and learned some new... More 

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New Jersey
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Reviewed 5 March 2017

this is the place to be. Very interesting history of clock & watch making. All types of clocks. i especially liked the "tall" clocks - grandfather clocks.

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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 25 February 2017

Five thousand years of timekeeping devices inside a spectacular building. The history of measuring time in one place from ancient Egypt and China to outer space. The museum is organized by historical development and the variety of the innovations within each period. A large number of the clocks are running on current time, each with a distinctive tick. Despite the... More 

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Syracuse
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

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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