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Claphams Clocks - The National Clock Museum

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Address: Quayside | Town Basin, Whangarei, New Zealand
Phone Number: 64 09 438 3993
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Nice Way to Spend Time

Although we hadn't planned to visit this museum we were very pleased we did. It is bright and lively with hundreds of ticking clocks and many chiming or cuckooing as well - not a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Coffs Harbour, Australia
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Coffs Harbour, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Although we hadn't planned to visit this museum we were very pleased we did. It is bright and lively with hundreds of ticking clocks and many chiming or cuckooing as well - not a dusty old-style collection. There is such a variety, from ancient water clocks to those we grew up with, that everyone will find something of interest, even... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 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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