National Watch and Clock Museum, Columbia

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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.
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  • Clocks from the 16th Century, Pocket Watches, everything related to Horology is present. Not only as a educational experience, but the display of the Watches of James Bond was out of this world. Visit...  more »
  • Time keeping presented as amazingly beautiful art, mechanical engineering, and historical importance from the beginning of measured time to today. It far exceeded all of our expectations. Each of us, ...  more »
  • The National Watch and Clock Museum is a fascinating place for anyone who has ever owned a watch, seen a clock or wondered about measuring time. We didn't allot nearly enough time for this gem. The di...  more »
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  • Great museum about time, not just clocks. From ancient history till now it goes through all the time measuring devices. $23 family admission price and kid activities spread through the museum make this place family friendly. Great price on souvenir magnets too!
  • 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!
  • Interesting collection. Worth the admission price.
  • What a wonderful resource for history, art, and science of the measurement of time!
  • 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.

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