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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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Where time stands still...

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 28, 2014
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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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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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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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

A very interesting and quirky museum based originally on one man's collection of clocks but now covering every type of time piece. Things to buy as well and one of the cheapest post card price in town!

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

What an interesting place to visit. So much more than we expected to learn about clocks. The lady that we spoke to gave us so many interesting facts about clocks, she was certainly passionate about her job. Young or old will get lots out of a visit to this place.

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Holladay, Utah
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

This little museum has some very nice displays and the people in the place are nice and helpful. They also have a lot of stuff to sell which makes it more of a shop than a museum. It was just average to me, but if you have some sore of obsession with time pieces, then by all mans indulge yourself!

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

I must admit I'm not one to be interested in the mechanics of a clock or its display. However I did visit the clock museum and did find it quite interesting. The assortment of clocks they have is fantastic!

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Whangarei
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

This is an absolute must see in Whanagrei. We have been there a few time and found it just amazing. There are so many varieties of clocks. Just amazing how the old masters developed their skills

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Melbourne, Vic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

I came here with my sister and we spent ages walking around looking at all the clocks. Such an impressive collection - there are clocks of every shape and size. Some are beautiful, some are funny, some are huge, some are small. We had a long discussion with the curator on the way out as well - she was very... More 

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Invercargill
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

The staff gave an awesome run down of the clocks in the collection, what a great collection they have accumulated. Recommended.

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