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“Lots of clocks”

Claphams Clocks - The National Clock Museum
Ranked #7 of 34 things to do in Whangarei
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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
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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 the exhibits. Discount vouchers are often available if you buy something in one of the town basin cafes.

Thank Nick M
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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 believe it is free or buy one get one free.

Thank Steve S
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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.

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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 from the gilded age when the emerging leisure class could delight themselves with overdecorated moving toys that could double as a 'clock'. The collection is impressive - but what is lacking is a little more research into where, why and what the clocks were made for. For example, when did the idea of the cuckoo clock arise? Why did Grandfather clocks go out of style? When did the "kitchen clock" come into being? Some of the notes with corresponding numbers provide a bit of insight - but some of the numbers have fallen away (one is lying on top of an electrical outlet - clearly long since fallen down), and others are just hard to find. As I was wrapping up my viewing the lovely woman at reception did come through and demonstrated how some of Archbald's more quirky clocks performed. But this would have been missed should I have decided to leave 5 minutes early. Not sure why they just don't have the exhibit on a timer. In any event, it's still an unexpected attraction as you are heading up North.

Thank Margaret O
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