See a 450-year-old German clock, classic pocket watches, the history of the wristwatch, a giant clock from Civil War days that plays music and incorporates marching figures of soldiers and saints, plus clocks that stood on city streets to keep the world on time.
Learn what makes a clock tick and how clocks revolutionized travel at sea and life on land. Discover the history and technology of timekeeping—as told by more than 13,000 items, the largest collection in the United States. Find it all at the National Watch & Clock Museum in Columbia.
Free admission year-round for active-duty military personnel and their families (including the National Guard and Reserve) through the Blue Star Museum program. Discounted admission for groups of 10 or more. ADA accessible.
"Take your time" visiting the exhibits or call in advance for a guided tour. Visit the Museum Shop for time-related gifts for everyone.
The Museum is located just a short 45-minute drive from Cumberland Valley.
Hours of operation:
Jun 1–Labor Day: Tues–Sat, 10–5
Sept 7–Nov 30: Wed–Sat, 10–5
Dec 1–Mar 31: Wed–Sat, 10–4
Apr 1–May 31: Wed–Sat, 10-5
Parking: Free onsite parking; motor coach parking available
- Complimentary Parking:
- Gift Shop:
- Notes: June 1–Labor Day: Tuesday thru Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, closed Sunday and Monday; September 7–November 30: Wednesday thru Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, closed Sunday thru Tuesday; December 1–March 31: Wednesday thru Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, closed Sunday thru Tuesday; April 1–May 31: Wednesday thru Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, closed Sunday thru Tuesday
- Parking: Free onsite parking; motor coach parking available
- Handicapped Accessible: