Events for Horologists

September 9th, 2011 | 4 Comments

Some people may dream of a vacation to a sunny beach on a blue ocean.  Others might fantasize about climbing the Himalayas. Then there’s the segment of the population who would enjoy a long weekend in Columbia, PA.

Are you consumed with horology – the science of time measurement?

Well, for those of you who are aspiring horologists, the National Watch and Clock Museum might be a good place to start your training.  The museum is located in Columbia, PA, about 12 miles west of Lancaster, PA.

The museum has been open to the public for over 30 years.  In that time, its international collection has grown to over 12,000 pieces.  Items on display include clocks, watches, tools, and other time-related items.

A tour of the museum takes you chronologically (of course) through the history of timekeeping.  The largest collection consists of 19th century American timepieces, though European and Oriental pieces are also represented.

The museum features special exhibits that cater to every horologist’s interest.

This month and until December 2011, stop by to take a look at Clockworks!  (the exclamation mark is part of the title)  This exhibit is perfect for the those of you interested in clockwork mechanisms.  The exhibits presents practical and not-so-practical clockwork mechanisms used in a variety of objects.

Found Time is another current exhibit that will be running until May 2012.  Found Time presents the artistic work of Randall Cleaver, a professional clockmaker. Randall uses “found” objects to create artful timekeeping masterpieces.

Check out the museum’s website for directions and admission information.  For those of you who have visited the museum, we encourage you to comment on this post with memories or trip ideas for the first-timers.

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  2. By cher on Sep 10, 2011

    beautiful watches. Can’t wait to wear one.

  3. By Amanda on Sep 10, 2011

    These works of art are amazing!

  4. By Noah Allen on Sep 12, 2011

    I used to live near this area when I was younger- I have always been obsessed with watches as I received a few as gifts when I was a kid. The museum is definitely worth a visit- you’ll learn a good bit about time mechanisms and movement. Orient prides itself of its movement as one of the best- prove the fact to yourself by checking out this museum!

  5. By Bernard Watta on Sep 12, 2011

    For quality and high fashion, choose Orient watches the style setter.

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