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National Watch and Clock Museum

514 Poplar Street
Columbia, Pennsylvania

Phone: 717-684-8261 --

Statement of Purpose:

1. To preserve the horological history of the word,
2. To enhance the enjoyment and education of the public in horology through study, exhibition, and interpretation of the collections,
3. To support and encourage scholarly research and publication in fields relevant to horological history and science,
4. To interpret the role of horology in the development of society.

Waterclocks, sundials, through mechanical timepieces, to electronic and atomic clocks.



The center of time is at the National Watch and Clock Museum in Columbia, PA.

A ten-minute video is the perfect introduction to gallery exhibits that combine art, history, engineering, and science to tell the story of time.

Interactive exhibits, true-to-life dioramas more than 12,000 time pieces, from sundials to satellites, will captivate everyone from the curious child to the serious collector.

A small snack bar offers light refreshments and beverages, and "Yours, Mine, and Hours," the museum gift shop, has a wide array of timely treasures, from fine time pieces and unique gifts to clothing and educational toys.

Major Collections:

Tall Case Clocks, American Wall and Shelf Clocks (1700 -1800's), European Clocks (1700 - 1800's), Pocket Watches, Wristwatches, Novelty Clocks, Car Clocks, Monumental Clocks


Major Research Fields:

The Library and Research Center specializes in services for members, serious researchers, and beginning collectors. With more than 5,000 volumes, a computer-catalogued subject index for trade publications, and a collections of 20,000 patents and video tapes, the Library and Research Center's resources are used to document timepieces around the world.

The School of Horology is the only school of its kind offering fully accredited classes in traditional clock and watch making and repair.

Avocational programs for hobbyists, specialty classes, and a complete curriculum in both clock and watch making and repair and restoration.
Certification examinations are conducted throughout the year.


Tall Case Clocks, American Wall and Shelf Clocks (1700 -1800's), European Clocks (1700 - 1800's), Pocket Watches, Wristwatches, Novelty Clocks, Car Clocks, Monumental Clocks

Calendar of Events:


Jan - March     Tues - Sat   10 am - 4 pm       Sun   closed

April - Dec     Tues - Sat   10 am - 5 pm       Sun  12 noon - 4 pm

Closed Mondays & major holidays


        Adults  $ 6.00
        AAA:       5.50
        Seniors    5.00
        Students  4.00
        Family    16.00
        Special group rates available


From major highways, take Route 30 heading toward Lancaster, PA. Exit at
Columbia / Marietta exit and follow signs to National Watch and Clock Museum
(5 blocks form Route 30).


Key Personnel:

Nancy D. Connelly, PhD.; Executive Director

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