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Claphams Clocks - The National Clock Museum

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we take all of our overseas visitors here.

staff are great - totally knowledgeable. the guided tours are wonderful and give a great overview... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2017
Whangarei, New Zealand
National clock museum

I was in Whangarei during the weekend. A friend asked me to visit this museum. It is in a beautiful... read more

Reviewed 6 August 2017
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Quayside | Town Basin, Whangarei, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 September 2017

staff are great - totally knowledgeable. the guided tours are wonderful and give a great overview of the many different clocks and their history.

Thank cjbj33
Reviewed 6 August 2017

I was in Whangarei during the weekend. A friend asked me to visit this museum. It is in a beautiful part of the town. The lady at the counter was kind enough to direct us to have coffee so we could get into the museum...More

Thank sisira28
Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

Very interesting. Wish there had been more on Harrison's clocks though (personal interest, in Harrison's timepieces)

Thank Scott W
Reviewed 17 July 2017

Claphams is a collection of clocks from all over the world, plus other curios. Outside is a huge sundial set among flowers. The clocks include many cuckoo clocks, plus all sorts of unusual timepieces. Quite easy to spend more than an hour just looking around...More

Thank Nick M
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

Thank Steve S
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
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
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!!

Thank nikshabbychic
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
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.

Thank 2017KimRoss
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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.