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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 #9 of 20 Attractions in Whangarei
Type: Museums
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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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
86 helpful votes 86 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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Southampton, United Kingdom
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157 attraction reviews
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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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49 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Who would have guessed that clocks could be so interesting? Incredible collection with lots of items that we would never have thought of as clocks. The lady at reception was wonderful. Even though she was on her own she kept coming to see us and demonstrating a large variety of the more fascinating clocks. Her stories about the founder and... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We came unintentionally to the Clock Musem, and we were amazed and delighted. With 1600 different Timepieces we had a lovely time at the museum. The Staff was very helpful and very knowledgable.One of the Ladies (from Russia) told us a lot about the clocks. We paid only 1o Dollars per ticket, and if you are in wHangarei it should... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

This is a great little museum. More than 1500 clocks and time pieces besides early musical devices. All sorts of watches dating back three centuries to modern times. Nice little shop out at the front where you can buy memorabilia and some real odd shaped clocks and watches.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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34 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

This museum will really only interest people who have an interest in timepieces of any and every type imaginable. The building is very modern looking, and the presentation is excellent. Big Ben will welcome you in a miniature form (compared to the real one) just through the doors. The museum started years ago, and the name relates to the man... More 

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Kawakawa, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

The first clock to greet you was a perfect miniature replica of Big Ben London, now I have seen the original in London whilst living there for some 6 years........ so a lovely reacquaintance with the Iconic Landmark allbeit in miniature form stood approx. 1.5 metres. The Dutch Assistant behind the counter did that.......... stayed behind the counter, after she... More 

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