National Watch and Clock Museum, Columbia

(4.5/5 based on 190+ 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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  • this is the place to be. Very interesting history of clock & watch making. All types of clocks. i especially liked the "tall" clocks - grandfather clocks.  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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 (withou...  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.