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Claphams Clocks - The National Clock Museum

Address: Quayside | Town Basin, Whangarei, New Zealand
Phone Number: 64 09 438 3993
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Ranked #10 of 23 Attractions in Whangarei
Type: Museums
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44 reviews 44 reviews
26 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Small museum with only one room but full of various clock. The tour is pleasant, especially if you like the mechanics. However there is not explication for each clock so ask the staff who will be happy to show you everything. Price a little too high.

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kerikeri
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6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

What a great find tis was. Last time we were in Whangarei we didn't have enough time to visit the museum. The receptionist said that if we had a receipt from a local café, we could get a two for one deal for entry to the museum. It was well worth it. The lady showing us some of the exhibits... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Our whole family enjoyed visiting this museum and seeing the clocks in action - there are some amazing clocks in this collection, really worth a visit.

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Melbourne, Australia
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40 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This was another of our 'quick visits' in Whangarei Town Basin. When we arrived a tour had just started. The woman conducting the tour was really informative, giving information about how the clock would have been use eg: works clocking-in clock. She was also good with the younger people there. There's so many fascinating and different clocks. We were able... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Engelica was super friendly, she showed us how they actually manufacturing the clocks and how they work with the wood. We didn't buy any because it's not our cup of tea but still it was very delightful.

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

We went to the museum on an Open day (free) as I'm not that much into clocks I'd pay to see them. I was pleasantly surprised at what there is inside - some marvellous old and curious clocks. I still wouldn't pay to see them though, sorry.

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Whangarei, NZ
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49 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

This little museum in Whangarei houses an amazing collection of around 1,400 clocks and time pieces. The original collection of 400 pieces belonged to Archibald Clapham who began collecting clocks when he was given a music box as a young boy, and the presence of his family’s grandfather clock gave him a life-long love of clocks and a dream of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 via mobile

We were the only visitors late on afternoon at 4.00 pm as they close at 5.00 pm .able to get senior price so very pleased. Two members of staff greeted us warmly and explained a little of the history .Spent good 40 minutes exploring this small museum but extensive collection .. well impressed with all the details could spend longer... More 

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Strahilovo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

What a gem! The staff are lovely and very helpful. It may be a little small but it's crammed with all sorts of clocks. Fascinating

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Found it had a dirty, dusty feeling. Made me feel dirty. Could not wait to get out and feel some fresh air.

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