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Bily Clocks Museum, Spillville

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4.8/5 based on 55+ reviews on the web
The Bily Clocks Museum & Antonin Dvorak Exhibit has been a favorite attraction of young and old for many years. Visitors return year after year to the enchanting town of Spillville, Iowa, (located thirteen miles southwest of the town of Decorah), to marvel at the unique clocks that two brothers, Frank and Joseph Bily (bee-lee) hand-carved. The clocks depict history, art, religion and culture and are covered with hundreds of expertly carved figures. Some stand over nine feet tall.

Also housed in the museum on the second floor is an exhibit in memory of the famous Czech composer, Antonin Dvorak. In the summer of 1893, he along with his family, occupied the second floor of the building.

An admission fee is charged. Tours are given regularly.
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  • Great museum that houses the clocks designed and carved by two brothers in the first half of the 20th century. They simply liked to carve, and passed up an offer of $1 million from Henry Ford for one ...  read more »
  • A wonderful museum, not to be missed. The Bily clocks are something you would see in the Smithsonian Museum, only they're in the heart of a little town called Spillville, Iowa. Very well run, the guid...  read more »
  • A beautiful trip back into handcrafted music and woodworks. You will never find another place quite like this one. Very clean and well kept. Cost is $8 per adult. Plenty of parking. Two story museum. ...  read more »
  • A fabulous place with super rich history of the Bily family. A very interesting and intriguing place to visit. I would recommend it for everybody! My three-year-old was even entertained!
  • Interesting museum. There is an extensive Antonin Dvorak exhibit upstairs, with all sorts of bric-a-brac and things from the late 19th century. He stayed in this building for a few months. The clocks are a fantastic example of outsider art. Carved by 2 brothers, they display imaginative characters and intricate detail. If you take the tour, they will play some of the clocks for you. A delight in Northeast Iowa.
  • Tour and museum were exceptional.
  • Loved it! Great Museum!
  • What a gem!
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