National Watch & Clock Museum

National Watch & Clock Museum Largest museum in the world tasked with presenting our shared art, history and science of time and time keeping.
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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.

Circa 1875 American Clock Co. Dolphin model, iron front shelf clock. The case features a woman and angel sitting atop th...
11/04/2019

Circa 1875 American Clock Co. Dolphin model, iron front shelf clock. The case features a woman and angel sitting atop the dial holding a lyre. Below the dial are two dolphins. #objectoftheday

10/30/2019
NAWCC

Don't miss the upcoming TimeTalk:

"The first weekend of November marks the end of Daylight Saving Time, making a museum dedicated to clocks and watches the perfect destination.

To mark this event, the NAWCC Watch and Clock Museum in Columbia, PA, is really going Old School with a presentation by North American Sundial Society member Ken Clark from 11 AM to noon on Saturday, November 2."

http://wp.nawcc.org/classes/day-light-saving-time-a-local-sundial-celebrity/

Day Light Saving Time & A Local Sundial Celebrity

Circa 1930 J. Oswald owl rolling eye novelty clock with a carved wood case. #objectoftheday
10/28/2019

Circa 1930 J. Oswald owl rolling eye novelty clock with a carved wood case. #objectoftheday

Dale Earnhardt, NASCAR novelty pocket watch with a quartz movement. The dial features his signature in Red and the NASCA...
10/21/2019

Dale Earnhardt, NASCAR novelty pocket watch with a quartz movement. The dial features his signature in Red and the NASCAR logo. #objectoftheday

Gold discovered... in a fabulous blend of colors! 1963 Bulova ad.
10/19/2019

Gold discovered... in a fabulous blend of colors! 1963 Bulova ad.

10/17/2019
Circa 1906 New Haven "Los Barrios" mission style shelf clock. #objectoftheday
10/14/2019

Circa 1906 New Haven "Los Barrios" mission style shelf clock. #objectoftheday

Such a beautiful day here in Columbia!#museumoftime #museum #nawccmuseum #nawcc #clocks #watches #watchesofinstagram #cl...
10/11/2019

Such a beautiful day here in Columbia!

#museumoftime #museum #nawccmuseum #nawcc #clocks #watches #watchesofinstagram #clockmuseum #watchmuseum

Photo credit: @benjaminerrickson

Circa 1990 Gallet Desert Storm stainless steel barrel case quartz men's wristwatch military specification wristwatch. #o...
10/07/2019

Circa 1990 Gallet Desert Storm stainless steel barrel case quartz men's wristwatch military specification wristwatch. #objectoftheday

Circa 1880 pocket watch holder with a floral motif with three birds. Made of white china with blue-tipped leaves and pet...
09/30/2019

Circa 1880 pocket watch holder with a floral motif with three birds. Made of white china with blue-tipped leaves and petals and traces of gilt. #objectoftheday

We’re getting set up for Cloktoberfest tomorrow. Join us for free Museum admission, games, food, and clockmaking! #Mus...
09/20/2019

We’re getting set up for Cloktoberfest tomorrow. Join us for free Museum admission, games, food, and clockmaking! #MuseumDay #Cloktoberfest

Clöktoberfest is Saturday! We're excited to be providing free Museum admission for Smithsonian Museum Day in addition t...
09/19/2019

Clöktoberfest is Saturday! We're excited to be providing free Museum admission for Smithsonian Museum Day in addition to Fall Festival Games, clockmaking, reverse glass painting, and a behind the scenes tour. #MuseumDay #Cloktoberfest

Circa 1959 Woody Woodpecker Westclox wall clock with original box. #objectoftheday
09/16/2019

Circa 1959 Woody Woodpecker Westclox wall clock with original box. #objectoftheday

Hamilton T. Hamster has arrived at the Museum and is busy learning all about horology. Join us on Saturday, September 21...
09/13/2019

Hamilton T. Hamster has arrived at the Museum and is busy learning all about horology. Join us on Saturday, September 21 for free Museum admission and you may spot him taking care of his favorite timepieces.
#HamiltonTHamster #cloktoberfest #FindHamilton #museumday

Saturday, September 21 at Cloktoberfest we will debut the Museum's newest resident, Hamilton T. Hamster. Enjoy free muse...
09/12/2019

Saturday, September 21 at Cloktoberfest we will debut the Museum's newest resident, Hamilton T. Hamster. Enjoy free museum admission and help Hamilton find his clocks with our new scavenger hunt.

When you arrive at Cloktoberfest, let us know that you found Hamilton on Facebook and receive one free game ticket. #Cloktoberfest #MuseumDay

Circa 1870 mechanical singing bird in gilt cage automaton. The bird is in a brass cage with a wood base with floral inla...
09/09/2019

Circa 1870 mechanical singing bird in gilt cage automaton. The bird is in a brass cage with a wood base with floral inlay. #objectoftheday

09/05/2019
Visit A Participating Museum For Free on 9/21/19

We're participating in Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day Saturday September 21. Join us for free Museum admission and our 5th annual Cloktoberfest! #MuseumDay

Join us for Museum Day on Saturday, September 21, 2019.

Check out these groovy and far out clocks from 1968! #FromTheArchives
09/03/2019

Check out these groovy and far out clocks from 1968! #FromTheArchives

"Now, at last, a modern clock, to meet twentieth-century needs!" 1928 Telechron ad. #fromthearchives
09/02/2019

"Now, at last, a modern clock, to meet twentieth-century needs!" 1928 Telechron ad. #fromthearchives

The National Watch and Clock Museum’s gift shop, Yours, Mine & Hours, is joining the Lancaster Best Kept Secrets Tour!...
08/29/2019

The National Watch and Clock Museum’s gift shop, Yours, Mine & Hours, is joining the Lancaster Best Kept Secrets Tour! The Tour runs from 10/10/19 through 10/26/19 and has almost 40 stops to discover including farms with stores, home décor, fashions & jewelry and more. Tour bags and tickets are available at the Museum for $10, with $1 from every bag sale donated to CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children). Every stop is offering a coupon of some kind and there will be a drawing to win $1,000 in gift cards at the end of the Tour. Join us for this exciting opportunity to explore the best of Lancaster County! Best Kept Secrets Tour

Circa 1960 Salesman's sample of a Hamilton Maria wristwatch. This sample demonstrates the watch case, but does not conta...
08/26/2019

Circa 1960 Salesman's sample of a Hamilton Maria wristwatch. This sample demonstrates the watch case, but does not contain a movement. #objectoftheday

Have you seen our wonderful display of Beeler clocks lately?#clocks #watches #nawcc #nawccmuseum #museum #museumoftime
08/23/2019

Have you seen our wonderful display of Beeler clocks lately?
#clocks #watches #nawcc #nawccmuseum #museum #museumoftime

Novelty green and blue Lucky Charms wristwatch. Features the head of Lucky the leprechaun on a clear plastic dial that r...
08/19/2019

Novelty green and blue Lucky Charms wristwatch. Features the head of Lucky the leprechaun on a clear plastic dial that reveals the quartz movement behind. #objectoftheday

Elvis Presley had a penchant for the finer things in life and wrist watches were no exception: Hamilton, Omega, Bulova, ...
08/13/2019

Elvis Presley had a penchant for the finer things in life and wrist watches were no exception: Hamilton, Omega, Bulova, Lord Elgin, the list is a mile long….. #elvisweek

Circa 1876 Consolidated Time Lock Company double time lock. #objectoftheday
08/12/2019

Circa 1876 Consolidated Time Lock Company double time lock. #objectoftheday

"Here is the nearest approach to pocket watch accuracy ever put on the wrist!" 1930 Gruen Quadron ad. #fromthearchives
08/10/2019

"Here is the nearest approach to pocket watch accuracy ever put on the wrist!" 1930 Gruen Quadron ad. #fromthearchives

Please note, the Museum will close at 4pm tomorrow, August 9th. Have a wonderful weekend!
08/08/2019

Please note, the Museum will close at 4pm tomorrow, August 9th. Have a wonderful weekend!

Watch paper advertising an array of services available from Irish watchmaker, silversmith, and jeweler, Hammersly Hazelt...
08/05/2019

Watch paper advertising an array of services available from Irish watchmaker, silversmith, and jeweler, Hammersly Hazelton of Armagh, Northern Ireland. #fromthearchives

Next week on Friday, August 9th, the Museum will close at 4pm.
08/01/2019

Next week on Friday, August 9th, the Museum will close at 4pm.

Dunleer Banjo clock from the 1927 Gilbert Clock Company catalog. #fromthearchives
07/29/2019

Dunleer Banjo clock from the 1927 Gilbert Clock Company catalog. #fromthearchives

This Colonial Clock Company Bicentennial Clock Dial is so cool!#clocks #clocksofinstagram #nawcc #museum #museumoftime #...
07/26/2019

This Colonial Clock Company Bicentennial Clock Dial is so cool!
#clocks #clocksofinstagram #nawcc #museum #museumoftime #clockdial

Circa 1950 Masonic watch made by Wilka Watch Company of Geneva, Switzerland. Both the dial and movement feature Masonic ...
07/22/2019

Circa 1950 Masonic watch made by Wilka Watch Company of Geneva, Switzerland. Both the dial and movement feature Masonic symbols. #objectoftheday

Beat the Heat! Children of all ages will love our Make & Take Mondays. Choose a wooden shape to paint and decorate, we h...
07/18/2019

Beat the Heat! Children of all ages will love our Make & Take Mondays. Choose a wooden shape to paint and decorate, we help you add numbers, clock movement & hands, and oila! Drop in 11:30-2pm Mondays all summer. $8/clock. (Groups of 10+ please call). See you there! #museumoftime #summerfun

"A matinee engagement or an exact-time luncheon appointment downtown suggest only two of the thousands of good reasons w...
07/15/2019

"A matinee engagement or an exact-time luncheon appointment downtown suggest only two of the thousands of good reasons why the woman of today should carry a Lady Elgin watch." 1909 Elgin National Watch Company ad #fromthearchives

Thanks for a fabulous 12th Hops 'n' Clocks fundraiser, all! More pics to come.
07/13/2019

Thanks for a fabulous 12th Hops 'n' Clocks fundraiser, all! More pics to come.

TOMORROW! 6-9pm Tickets still available for our 12th annual beer-tasting fundraiser at the Museum!$30 ticket includes gl...
07/11/2019

TOMORROW! 6-9pm Tickets still available for our 12th annual beer-tasting fundraiser at the Museum!
$30 ticket includes glass, food, beer, and more!
$15 non-drinker ticket, too.
Order now for will-call
nawcc.org/hopsnclocks
or call 717-684-8261x 211 or show up at the door!
See you there!

Circa 1870 Welch Manufacturing Co. miniature OG clock. #objectoftheday
07/08/2019

Circa 1870 Welch Manufacturing Co. miniature OG clock. #objectoftheday

Finishing touches on our Civil War exhibit!It opens tomorrow with a seminar event by our Guest Curator, Clint Geller.#ci...
07/05/2019

Finishing touches on our Civil War exhibit!
It opens tomorrow with a seminar event by our Guest Curator, Clint Geller.

#civilwar #gettysburganniversary #gettysburg #battleofgettysburg #clocks #watches #watchesofinstagram #clocksofinstagram #nawcc #nawccmuseum #civilwarhistory #americancivilwar #civilwaranniversary

Our beer glasses are getting ready for Hops 'n' Clocks fundraiser July 12th...have you reserved yours yet? Details and t...
07/04/2019

Our beer glasses are getting ready for Hops 'n' Clocks fundraiser July 12th...have you reserved yours yet? Details and tix still available at
nawcc.org/hopsnclocks
#hopsnclocks #museumoftime #localbrews
#fundraiser #beertasting

Exploded view of a Jaeger-Lecoultre Reverso Duetto from a 1995 catalog. #fromthearchives
07/01/2019

Exploded view of a Jaeger-Lecoultre Reverso Duetto from a 1995 catalog. #fromthearchives

Our Civil War exhibit opens next Saturday and we have an event to celebrate! Tickets can be found at nawcc.org#nawccmuse...
06/28/2019

Our Civil War exhibit opens next Saturday and we have an event to celebrate! Tickets can be found at nawcc.org

#nawccmuseum #museumoftime #museum #watchesofinstagram #watches #clocks #clocksofinstagram #civilwar #americancivilwar #gettysburg #anniversaryofgettysburg #battleofgettysburg #gettysburganniversary

Mr. Conductor is brushing up on his knowledge of TIME as we work to conserve him. Keep studying Mr. Conductor! #time #hi...
06/27/2019

Mr. Conductor is brushing up on his knowledge of TIME as we work to conserve him. Keep studying Mr. Conductor! #time #history #mannequin #museumoftime

What to do with just $30 these days? ⁠A; Pay your street-cleaning ticket. 🤦🏻‍♂️⁠B. Box o' wine & some Tr...
06/27/2019

What to do with just $30 these days? ⁠
A; Pay your street-cleaning ticket. 🤦🏻‍♂️⁠
B. Box o' wine & some Triscuits for dinner. 🤷🏽⁠
C. Taste unlimited local brews 🍻& eats🍴 from 18 area beer & food makers AND see truly unique antique timepieces ⏰WHILE supporting a local non-profit museum🏛️! ⁠
Click here for details, list of breweries & restaurants & TICKETS while they last: nawcc.org/hopsnclocks 🤩

Pocket Ben smashes into the pins 63 times! 1927 Westclox ad #fromthearchives
06/24/2019

Pocket Ben smashes into the pins 63 times! 1927 Westclox ad #fromthearchives

Address

514 Poplar St
Columbia, PA
17512

Nearest airports: Lancaster Airport (15 mi.), Harrisburg International (22 mi.), Baltimore-Washington International (78 mi.), Philadelphia International (95 mi.) Amtrak Rail Service to Lancaster, PA (12 mi.) from Philadelphia and Harrisburg, PA Taxi Service from Lancaster (12 mi.) to Columbia, PA Red Rose Transit Authority stop in Columbia, PA

General information

The National Watch & Clock Museum is conveniently located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, less than two hours from Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(717) 684-8261

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