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Claphams Clocks - The National Clock Museum

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Address: Quayside | Town Basin, Whangarei, New Zealand
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Just off the Town Basin is The Clock Museum - it did not seem promising, but once inside we were fascinated by the age and variety of the 1,500 different clocks. Lana at the front... read more

Reviewed 1 February 2016
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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30 reviews
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Reviewed 1 February 2016

Just off the Town Basin is The Clock Museum - it did not seem promising, but once inside we were fascinated by the age and variety of the 1,500 different clocks. Lana at the front desk took time to explain the collection to us and chimed the clocks to illustrate their mechanisms. We spent an hour and could have spent... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 28 January 2016

Went here just after christmas, wasnt too sure from the outside as you can see in. Wasnt sure how big or interesting it would be. Im so glad we went in, its just magical. The clocks are so interesting to look at and they range from all over the world and all different time periods. I feel we were especially... More 

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Thank Lydia106
Plymouth, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2016

We have been to this museum before but it is still great to see. A very well informed lady showed us around and told us loads of things about the exhibits.

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Thank Lynda G
Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2016

This museum has every type of timepiece imaginable from all parts of the globe from a long period of history. The cuckoo clocks are amazing, chirping every few minutes. There are so many unusual pieces and it is easy to get lost in nostalgia. Guides give a brief explanation and demonstration on the unique pieces and there is a short... More 

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Thank TravellingTrippers
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Reviewed 17 January 2016 via mobile

We really loved this place so interesting. I learnt a lot too. I thoroughly recommend it to any age group and I found the staff really friendly and informative too. I loved the demonstration of the old 130 year old juke box

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Thank Catherine H
Melbourne
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Reviewed 14 January 2016

This place is very interesting and it was quite fun looking around even just in the front shop. Which is free to look and buy stuff. I found it fun and interesting. Good for the kids as half of them can tell the time on our old faction clocks.

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Thank Marilyn S
Whangarei, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 January 2016

Donkey's years ago I visited the Clapham Clock museum, when it was a privately run business. Some years ago the Whangarei District Council took it over and has house the clock collection in a modern museum. Guided tours are available but even by wandering around by oneself you enjoy all the amazingly beautiful and many novelty clocks on display. A... More 

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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Reviewed 26 November 2015

I've been here a few times now, both as a child and an adult. It's something different and interesting - I highly recommend.

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Port Macquarie, Australia
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Reviewed 23 November 2015

Don't forget to keep lunch receipt from The Basin to get two for one entry. Interesting and amusing collection.

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Greater Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 6 November 2015

What a great little museum. Well worth a visit to see this marvellous museum. A vast array of clocks from the very old to some quirky pieces. Not a clock collector by any means but thoroughly enjoyed it

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