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Columbia, Pennsylvania: National Watch and Clock Museum

Among the 13,000 timepieces on display are an alarm clock that tugs your toe and an 11-foot-tall clock that tells time by having a miniature Death strike a thigh bone against a human skull.

514 Poplar St., Columbia, PA
US 30 to Columbia, then exit onto Hwy 441/N. 3rd St. Drive south for three blocks. Turn left onto Poplar St. Drive two blocks. Turn right onto 5th St., then left into the Museum parking lot.
M-Sa 10-5, Su 12-4 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $9.
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National Watch and Clock Museum

Much larger than expected and extremely interesting and educational. Make sure you see the Engle Clock demonstration.

[Misty Cole, 06/17/2019]

The 11-foot-high Engle Monumental Clock was hailed as "The Eighth Wonder of the World" and "Scientifically Marvelous" in the late 19th century. Stephen Decatur Engle needed 20 years to build it.

National Watch and Clock Museum

We spent a lot more time there than we had anticipated - 98 minutes to be exact. A punch-in clock and souvenir time card at the entrance allows you to be precise.

[trish, 12/26/2015]

Clock Museum.

National Watch and Clock Museum

A skeleton strikes the hours by swinging a thigh bone.

[Brent Thompson, 03/17/2011]

The 11-foot-tall clock incorporates several mechanical animations, but Death using a thigh bone to tap a skull is high entertainment in the world of time pieces.

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Oldest Streetlight in America, Baltimore, MD - 52 mi.

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