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Bily Clocks Museum, Spillville

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The Bily Clocks Museum is located in Spillville, Iowa, United States. The museum contains clocks that were made by hand from the years 1913 to 1958. The clocks were made by Frank and Joseph Bily, together known as the Bily brothers. The clocks include the American Pioneer Clock, a version of the World's Smallest Church, and the Apostles Parade Clock.
Frank and Joseph Bily were born in the late 19th century in Spillville, Iowa. They went on to become farmers as well as carpenters. They took upon clockmaking as their hobby, carving and creating complex, finely detailed works of art out of wood.
The Bily brothers were originally going to burn their creations when they died, but they later donated their collection to the city of Spillville.
The Czech composer Antonín Dvořák spent the summer of 1893 in the building, which is where he completed his Symphony No. 9 in E minor, "From the New World".
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  • Definitely worth stopping by and visiting the museum. It was great learning about the the brothers and their history. The guide was wonderful, explaining and demonstrating each clock. The cost... 
    Definitely worth stopping by and visiting the museum. It was great learning about the the brothers and their history. The guide was wonderful, explaining and demonstrating each clock. The cost...  more »
  • Outstanding craftsmanship and very interesting stories behind the hand-carved clocks. The Dvorak Museum in the upper level is very educational, too. Highly recommend. 
    Outstanding craftsmanship and very interesting stories behind the hand-carved clocks. The Dvorak Museum in the upper level is very educational, too. Highly recommend.  more »
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  • Much better than expected. Knowledgeable staff made it extra interesting. As an amateur woodworker it was amazing to see that level of work with the tools they had available. Very much worth the stop.
  • What an amazing peek into one particular rural Iowa community and one pair of brothers' incredible talents. Listen to the guided tour of you possibly can. It adds significantly to the experience and gives you a chance to ask questions. And go upstairs and to the outside buildings to add historical context. Great fun.

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