Ring the Westminster Chimes at The Faraday Centre in Napier

The Faraday Centre is a historical technology museum, it’s a hands on sort of place so you get to push, pull and make stuff go, not just look at it. You’ll find all sorts of weird and intriguing things like a Uranus electric mouse trap, a dishwasher from 1925, a 1907 Rover car, and old and unusual typewriters.

Ring the Westminster Chimes at The Faraday Centre

Ring the Westminster Chimes at The Faraday Centre

You can use the pneumatic conveyor system that once transferred money in cannisters through a series of pipes around Westerman’s Department Store in Hastings. Curiously, C1 Espresso in Christchurch are using a similar system to transfer sliders from the kitchen to food collection points around the cafe.

Part of the pneumatic conveyor system

Part of the pneumatic conveyor system

I really liked the ‘Household Wants Indicator’, a Google search found that Downton Abbey fans are keen on them too. One sold in London in 2004 for £335 although I note the ‘household wants’ aren’t the same as the ones shown below. There’s a Household Wants Indicator app but that wouldn’t do it for me.

Household Wants Indicator

Household Wants Indicator

Kids may especially like the whisper dish, Tesla coil and manual phone system, you’ll find a few things of interest to all age groups in the family. The Faraday Centre is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9am – 1pm. Adult admission $9, children $2.50.

Pump the pedals and play the pianola

Pump the pedals and play the pianola

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