National Watch and Clock Museum
Full Price Admission Cost: $9 adults, $5 kids 5-16, under 5 free
WWWW Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
The National Watch and Clock Museum is a truly fascinating little place. Although it’s a bit off the beaten path, it’s well worth a visit, especially if you have an interest in time. Honestly, even if you don’t feel all that interested in the history of keeping time, you’ll probably enjoy this super cool museum, so I recommend going if you’re ever in the area.
You’ll want to begin your experience with the short video that is shown at the front of the museum. From there, you’ll work your way through the exhibits which run in chronological order and show the many ways humans have tracked time throughout history.
For the kids, there are small stations set up for crafting items such a sun dials and paper clock with moving hands, something our son enjoyed quite a lot. Additionally, there is an exhibit showing how a pendulum works and why each part is necessary, something that our whole family found interesting. Finally, you will want to make sure to watch a demonstration of the antique Engle Clock, a giant cuckoo clock with a wide assortment of moving parts and figures as well as music.
Books to Read
- Tools of Timekeeping: A Kid’s Guide to the Science and History of Telling Time by Linda Formichelli
- A Second, a Minute, a Week With Days in It: A Book About Time by Brian P. Cleary
- The Cuckoo Clock by Mary Stolz
- The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Videos to Watch
- The History of Keeping Time
- The Mechanical Genius of Big Ben
- The Painstaking Art of Making a Luxury Watch
- 3D Printed Sundial Tells Time Digitally
Activities to Do
- Make your own candle clock.
- Help young children learn how to tell time.
- Create a water clock
- Craft a cuckoo clock.
Things to Discuss
- Why do we need to keep time? What would life be like without timekeeping devices?
- If you could design a cuckoo clock, what would it do?
- Which historical timekeeping device do you prefer and why?
Other Area Attractions
Below are some of the other great attractions in this area. We try to keep things affordable, sticking to free and cheap attractions or museums and zoos on reciprocal lists. If an attraction is affiliated with a reciprocal program or offers free admission, I have noted that beside the attraction listing. To learn more about saving money using reciprocal programs see this post.
- Hershey Park
- Chocolate World – Free
- The Hershey Story – Time Travelers
- Wright’s Ferry Mansion
- Burning of the Bridge Diorama
- Columbia Historical Preservation Society
- Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery – Inexpensive and Recommended
Closest Places to Stay on a Budget
- Passport America, RPI, and Thousand Trails: Hershey RV and Camping Resort – 19.6 mi
- Passport America, RPI, and Thousand Trails: PA Dutch Country RV Resort – 18.3 mi
- Passport America, RPI, and Thousand Trails: Circle M RV Resort – 13.5 mi
Related Attractions in Other Areas
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