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Claphams Clocks - The National Clock Museum

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Quayside | Town Basin, Whangarei, New Zealand
+64 9-438 3993
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Make the Time ;)

The clock museum is small and will not take more than about 30-45 minutes but the time will fly by... read more

Reviewed 20 June 2017
Steve S
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Irvine, California
Fascinatiing collection

A vast collection of all types of clock somes dating back to the 18th century. There is also an... read more

Reviewed 26 April 2017
NZMDProf
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Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 20 June 2017

The clock museum is small and will not take more than about 30-45 minutes but the time will fly by ;) There are many interesting an unusual time devices. Entrance is very inexpensive and is you patronize one of the stores or food establishments i...More

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Reviewed 26 April 2017

A vast collection of all types of clock somes dating back to the 18th century. There is also an old very early "juke box" based on huge metal plates with blips cut to trigger sounds.

Thank NZMDProf
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Reviewed 12 April 2017

I admit, I know nothing about clocks. But the good people of Whangarei are very proud of their local, Archibald Clapham, who decorated his house with hundreds of clocks. He was quirky and obviously a fun guy, and there are some amazing clocks left over...More

Thank Margaret O
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

Very interesting well worth a little look whilst at The Town Basin, not sure I would make a special trip. Please children do not touch, my friends little girl got a stern telling off!!

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Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

We had a great afternoon visiting the clock museum. It was really interesting and well laid out. We were in awe of the talent that went into making each clock and couldnt believe how old some of them were! Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly...More

Thank Melody P
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

Expectations were not high, but very interesting with odd ball clocks from around the world. The end result of a dedicated collector's obsession. Surrounded by Victorian period wooden buildings by the marina, a perfect place for morning breakfast.

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Reviewed 18 March 2017

The clock museum is in a modern building just along from the quay. It has the largest sun dial in the southern hemisphere. In side there are about 1400 clocks and watches of all sizes shapes and configurations. None are set to the right time...More

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Reviewed 16 March 2017

This stop was accidental. We were looking for a lunch spot and saw it. Vast collection of clocks and time keeping devices on display from cuckoo clocks to sofa sized steam punk contraptions. This is worth an hour of your time.

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Reviewed 14 March 2017

What a great place to be lost in Time from a private collection and added pieces to see the wonders of creative time. We also added some input into this amazing gallery as my GGGGgrandfather was a famous pocket watch maker from London.

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Reviewed 14 March 2017

I would never have believed there could be such a huge variety of clocks and watches. It certainly pays to leave plenty of time to go round this museum as there are all sorts of treasures to discover.

Thank annenewzealand
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Tan Y
20 December 2017|
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Response from Elise147 | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is an entrance fee but if you have coffee at the cafe beside the museum you can show your receipt and only pay for one person instead of both paying.
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