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514 Poplar St, Columbia, PA 17512

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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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  • Wow! FAR More Than I Expected

    The National Watch & Clock Museum is not that far from my home. I have driven by it my whole life.

    Today, I finally took the time to visit and boy was I surprised.

    The receptionist was pretty sluggish and non-welcoming ut thankfully she was not indicative of the contents of this museum.

    My experience started by taking in the 10 minute intro movie (don't miss it!) and then a lap around the 4 or 5 displays in the lobby. The museum itself is HUGE and has more to see than you can see in one full day. My 3 hour visit was a good amt of time to see the things that most interested me.

    There are some stunning works of art here and even if you have no interest in clocks you will surely be able to find a connection to the historical, artistic or mechanical works found here.

    The hands on displays needed a little work (low on sand, low on water) but still worked. Many of the clocks are running and the cacophony at noon was amazing.

    I highly recommend checking out this museum - its right off Rt 30 and has discount coupons in all of the local "entertainment" books.

    Tick tock!

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