National Watch and Clock Museum, Columbia

(190+ reviews on the web)
History Museum Gift & Specialty Shop
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.
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Wow - who knew a trip to a Clock and Watch Museum could be so fascinating?? I was pleasantly surprised! The vastness and beauty of the collection here far exceeded my expectations, and I found the his...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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. ...  more »
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  • Small but you can spend hours here. Time pieces from across the world and from just about every time period. Staff is extremely friendly & helpful. Gift shop is very reasonably priced and there's an awesome (operating) model train display in the lobby!
  • What a wonderful resource for history, art, and science of the measurement of time!
  • Stopped in while we were in Columbia and enjoyed walking through time and the history of keeping time. They have some very simple demonstration units that show how clocks tick, and then lots and lots of clocks, new & old, that are absolutely beautiful. Good way to spend some time in Columbia.
  • The Watch & Clock Museum is partnered with Smithsonian, and they have National Museum Day once a year where you can visit this museum for free. It has a neat collection of time piece from every century. Columbia the town is also decorated with several unique street clocks.
  • A funny place to visit. It is also a great place to hold an event. The staff is very accommoding, and we had a great time