National Watch and Clock Museum, Columbia
(4.5/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web)
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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  • 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 i...  more »
  • 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. 
  • Great history here! A complete collection of so many different clocks and watches, beautifully displayed, many working, with great explanations. Laid out historically so it's so easy to see the develo...  more »
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  • 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.
  • If you are at all interested in time technology this is worth a visit. For anyone else you can probably skip it. An overwhelming number of time keeping devices and lack of overview explanations soon becomes mind numbing.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Lots of great clocks new and old. A great place to see what makes them tick.