More than 1000 museums will have free admission on Saturday, September 23rd. The day is organized by Smithsonian Magazine. The magazine created the day not just to bring visitors through the doors of museums. “Smithsonian recognizes the extraordinary power of museums and other cultural institutions to provide visitors with insight and inspiration. This event represents a commitment to boundless curiosity and the pursuit of knowledge wherever you are.” If you’re curious about the Susquehanna Riverlands region, four local museums are participating in Museum Day Live!

Columbia Historic Preservation Society

19-21 N. 2nd Street, Columbia PA

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

This museum chronicles the history of Columbia, Pennsylvania and includes an amazing model train of the town. Located in the original English Evangelical Lutheran Church, the museums features a wide swath of artifacts from the local community. Visits to this museum are regularly free so no ticket is required. Donations are always appreciated.



National Watch & Clock Museum

514 Poplar Street, Columbia, PA

10:00 am to 5:00 pm

The National Watch & Clock Museum houses over 12,000 artifacts. It’s vast and interesting exhibits are great for all ages. Today, the museum is recognized as the largest and most comprehensive horological collection in North America. In conjunction with Museum Day, the museum will be holding its third annual Cloktoberfest. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. enjoy behind-the-scenes tours of the Museum, clock and watch evaluations, make-and-take a clock, a steampunk fashion show, book sale, silent auction, area food trucks, beer, and vendors selling horological, industrial, steampunk, and handmade items, and more!

Burning of the Bridge Diorama

124 Hellam Street, Wrightsville, PA

9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Using sight and sound, the exhibit shows how the Confederate Army under the direction of General John B. Gordon reached Wrightsville, looking for a way across the Susquehanna River. Local volunteers and Pennsylvania militia defended Wrightsville and the covered bridge.

Wrightsville Historical Museum

309 Locust Street, Wrightsville, PA

9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Wrightsville was once the western frontier of Pennsylvania. This historic home has been converted to a museum focusing on the town’s history.  Special rotating exhibits on particular aspects of local history complement the permanent displays. Visits to this museum are regularly free so no ticket is required. Donations are always appreciated.

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