Clock Museum Offers Cure for Cabin Fever

Gene Klodzen

NAWCC Member
Aug 24, 2000
Springfield, Virginia

COLUMBIA, PA: “Cabin fever” is a claustrophobic reaction that takes place when a person or group is isolated and/or shut in, in a small space, with nothing to do, for an extended period (as in a simple country vacation cottage during a long rain or snow). Symptoms include restlessness, irritability, irrational frustration with everyday objects, forgetfulness, laughter, excessive sleeping, distrust of anyone they are with, and an urge to go outside even in the rain, snow, or dark.

The National Watch and Clock Museum in Columbia just may be the cure for such a phenomenon. With close to 12,000 timepieces in its collection, the Museum is home to North America’s largest collection of timepieces, including an 11-foot-tall French statue clock, fun German musical clocks, and the Engle monumental clock with 48 moving figures!

As visitors enter the Museum and stroll through the dark time tunnel, they are transported back to the time of Stonehenge and water clocks, where timekeeping began. Continuing through time, tourists will discover shelf clocks, grandfather clocks, cuckoo clocks, incense clocks, pocket watches, wristwatches, and the Mars clock. There are even alarm clocks that will pull on your toe or light a match to make sure you are awake!

Because time flies, be sure to visit the Museum before its special exhibit, Bond Watches, James Bond Watches ends on April 30. This exhibit brings together models of wristwatches worn by the book and movie character James Bond and includes the widest selection of 007-related watch models ever collected, representing all brands in the Eon Productions movies and officially licensed timepieces. Highlighting the exhibit is the only known Rolex owned and worn by Bond creator Ian Fleming – believed to be his reference for the original, literary James Bond wristwatch.

The National Watch and Clock Museum is an unforgettable adventure through time that will thrill the passionate collector, the mechanically curious, the wide-eyed child, and everyone in between. Most importantly, a visit to the Museum will cure your cabin fever!

The National Watch and Clock Museum is operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association with close to 19,000 members, representing 52 countries. April through November the Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. December through March hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. From Memorial Day through Labor Day the Museum is also open on Mondays. Discounts are available to seniors, students, AAA members, and groups of 10 or more. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call ahead. For more program information, directions, or general Museum information, call 717-684-8261 or visit our website at


Kim Craven, NAWCC Marketing & Special Events Coordinator • p: 717.684.8261x231 •

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