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National Watch and Clock Museum

514 Poplar St, Columbia, PA 17512-2124
+1 717-684-8261
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Five thousand years of timekeeping devices inside a spectacular building. The history of measuring... read more

Reviewed 25 February 2017
Tucson, Arizona
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My husband and I went to this museum during a short getaway in Lancaster. We both thoroughly... read more

Reviewed 14 February 2017
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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
+1 717-684-8261
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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...More

Thank monsoon7
Reviewed 14 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...More

Thank bbem
Reviewed 29 January 2017

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...More

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Reviewed 29 January 2017

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...More

Thank Howard E
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.

Thank Nancy H
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...More

Thank margarets_dad
Reviewed 22 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.

Thank Tyler K
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...More

Thank Mark S
Reviewed 9 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...More

Thank Joe1234665
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.

Thank peachkoblerpie
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Hours? Website? Couldn't find either
22 January 2017|
Response from JeanieBeanieD | Reviewed this property |
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!
Hours? Website? Couldn't find either
22 January 2017|
Response from Lisa L | Reviewed this property |
National watch and clock museum comes up with a nice website. Try googling it in your browser.
I have a doxa hors concours liege 1905 pocket watch an know nothing about it . do you know any history or appraisal or any thing?
16 July 2015|
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Response from Travelogue222 | Reviewed this property |
I offer this information that I gleaned from the internet for you, concerning the history of the manufacturer. Company history 1889: Establishment of the DOXA factory in Le Locle, under the name “Georges Ducommun... More