Bily Clocks.

Bily Clocks Museum

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Spillville, Iowa

In the northeastern corner of Iowa, the locals love their clocks. Bily (bee-lee) Clocks occupies an old brick front residence in downtown Spillville. The clocks' creators, long-dead bachelor brothers Frank and Joseph Bily, carved clocks every winter for over 50 years -- 1913-1958 -- when they weren't being tidy, thrifty Bohemian Czech farmers. Most of the clocks are huge, and fully animated with wooden figures and built-in music boxes.

While the first floor of the museum is geared toward antique-ers and weekend furniture buffs, and doesn't allow video or photos, the second floor is photo-friendly, and displays local oddities such as a two-headed pig in a jar.

Bily Clocks Museum

323 S. Main St., Spillville, IA
On Main St./Hwy W14, a block north of Bridge St./Hwy B16.
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