Claphams National Clock Museum
Take a guided tour of this unique museum to see one of the largest collections of clocks in the Southern Hemisphere.
See an enormous collection of historic, artistic and antique clocks at Claphams National Clock Museum in Whangarei. The museum’s collection includes approximately 1,500 clocks that range from Victorian cuckoos to small children’s clocks. Timepieces built by famous clockmakers, including London’s Edward John Dent, also feature in the museum’s displays.
Before entering the museum observe the giant sundial in the courtyard. The sundial is enclosed by colourful flowerbeds and is one of the largest and heaviest in the Southern Hemisphere. Notice the gnomon, the projecting piece on the sundial, which extends approximately 22 metres (72 feet). The museum’s curved exterior is another interesting feature of this wonderful attraction.
Inside, the intricate model of London’s famous Elizabeth Tower, commonly known as Big Ben, is the first thing that will catch your eye. Explore the museum to discover other captivating items, including a marine chronometer and a cathedral clock crafted by English watchmaker Edward John Dent. The famous watchmaker founded Dent, a London manufacturer of high-quality watches and clocks, in the early 19th century.
Take a guided tour of Claphams National Clock Museum to learn about the inner workings of a range different clocks. Guided tours can be tailored to suit your interests; ask to see clocks of an unusual design or learn about classic timepieces. Tours are free and last for approximately 40 minutes.
Claphams National Clock Museum also contains a gift shop selling novelty clocks, souvenirs and postcards. With its proximity to Whangarei’s main waterfront and shopping district, the museum is a great place to visit in between shopping for locally made handicrafts and dining in cafés and restaurants.
Find Claphams National Clock Museum in the heart of Whangarei, near the Hatia River. Discounted admission rates apply for large groups, families and concession holders. Free parking is available on-site. The museum is open daily, excluding Christmas Day.