National Watch & Clock Museum

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514 Poplar St., Columbia, PA 17512 514 Poplar St., Columbia Directions
Today 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Closed All Hours
+17176848261
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Looking for a new date idea? Check out Columbia's National Watch & Clock Museum, PA, and enjoy a peaceful night of art browsing. When you need a generous dose of art, check out this museum for the latest and greatest in fine art.

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    12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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    Closed
    Tue-Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Report | 5 days ago
Accidentally clicked one star - this is a five star attraction! We recommend for anyone interested in clocks and watches and their history. Extensive and varied collection!
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Report | 10 days ago
If you like clocks this is the place to go. It was totally awesome.
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Report | a month ago
Must see presentation of the monumental clock given on the hour.
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Report | a month ago
Don't miss this gem! Plan to spend about three hours browsing this extensive collection along with the history of time. Not really a place for young than maybe ten.
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Report | a month ago
We really enjoyed the museum. Incredible collection covering all phases of watch and clock history with magnificent displays of watches, clocks; watchmaking equipment; tools, etc. etc. Be sure to see the amazing Engel clock and demonstration of same. So many amazing and beautiful things here depending on your interest you could easily spend 6 to 8 hours enjoying. Probably more. Great store here with many interesting items reasonably priced.
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Report | 2 months ago
A good 2-3 hour visit...my kiddos 9 and 13 enjoyed it!
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Report | 3 months ago
I thought this would be a kinda boring museum, but I actually really enjoyed it and wish my husband and I allotted more time to be there! It gives you an overview of different kinds of "clocks" used over the years including ancient time keeping methods like water and incense clocks and then goes from there up to the present. I also didn't realize that not all clocks have the same inside design. Which they do a great job of showing/explaining. It's also cool to see clocks from around the world (not just American/European). If you like taking your time and reading all the plaques and signs make sure you give yourself at the very least 4 hours. There's a lot you can learn and read! Being an educator i am all about learning, but I feel that this is a museum that would be enjoyed more by children that are at least second or third graders. There are some interactive things, but not that many so I could see younger children becoming bored and restless there.
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Report | 3 months ago
Wonderful collection.
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Report | 4 months ago
A hidden gem just a short drive away. The clocks and watches in the collection are amazing. It is a great place for an afternoon or part of bigger Lancaster County adventure.
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Report | 4 months ago
What a hidden gem. So many interesting displays. A tremendios collection.
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Though it opened in 1977 with a small collection of timepieces, the National Watch & Clock Museum now houses more than 12,000 items, making it the largest collection of its kind in North America. Clocks, watches, and their associated tools reside in glass cases, lorded over by the monumental Engle Clock, an 11-foot-tall, 1,049-pound marvel of clock design whose 13th toll will signify when the giant lasagna being cooked in the earth's core is done. Hands-on exhibits scattered throughout the museum give kids the chance to wonder at turning gears and learn about intriguing time concepts. Current special exhibits include Enlisting Time, a collection of personal timepieces carried by soldiers over the last 250 years, featuring watches owned by George Washington and Ian Fleming.

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12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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