Watch and Clock Museum
514 Poplar St.
Columbia, PA 17512
(717) 684-8261

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In 1943 a small group of watch and clock collectors formed to further their knowledge and share information about this unique hobby. Two years later the National Association of Watch and Clock Collector's, Inc. (NAWCC) was firmly established, with its first chapter in Philadelphia. Today the NAWCC is an international organization with more than 38,000 members and 166 chapters.

Beginning as the private museum of Columbia, PA resident, Earl T. Strickler and open to Association members only, the collection gradually expanded to the point where it required a special gallery, which was opened in 1978. During the following ten years the collection grew from 100 to more than 6,000 items, and an additional gallery was added.

Today the Museum boasts a collection of more than 8,000 pieces, representing four centuries of horological* development, from early pocket sundials to the latest in moonphase watches.

Drawing from this collection, the timepieces are exhibited in galleries by type and period. Museum highlights include:

  • German Musical Clocks
  • American Clocks from 1780 - 1880
  • European Pocket Watches
  • American Railroad Watches
  • Tower Clocks
  • Wristwatches
  • 19th Century French Clocks

Needless to say, this museum is fascinating, the exhibits are a pleasure to behold, and much can be learned about design, history, mechanics, and more.For the researcher or collector, the Museum also offers a Library containing more than 2,500 volumes, a computer-catalogued subject index for 19th century trade publications, and a collection of more than 21,000 U.S. patent copies.Association members can also attend a variety of seminars and even a Watch and Clock Repair School that delivers training from beginning to advanced levels.Tours are Self-Guided. Groups of 10 or more can enjoy an educational Guided Tour. For School and Youth Groups, minimum adult to student ration is 1:5. *Horology: 1. The science of Measuring time. 2. The Art of making timepieces. (American Heritage)

December - March, Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm
April - May Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm and Sunday 12 - 4pm
Memorial Day - Labor Day Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm and Sunday 12 - 4pm
September -
November, Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm and Sunday 12 - 4pm.
Closed most major holidays. Visit the official website linked above or call to confirm.
Adults $8.00
Seniors (65+) $7.00
Children (6-16) $4.00
Children 5 and under FREE
Family admission $20.00
Groups (10 or more):
Adults $6.00
Seniors (65+) $5.00
Student Program $5.00
Children (no program) $4.00
Group Reservations: At least 4 weeks in advance.
Lunch: Snack bar on premises. Nearby restaurants.
Handicapped Access: Accessible.
Directions: Rt. 30 West to second Columbia exit (3rd St. and Rt. 441). Turn left onto Rt. 441 South. Go several blocks and turn left onto Poplar St. 2 blocks to Museum, at 5th & Poplar. 90 - 120 minutes west of Philadelphia.

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