Located in Eureka’s historic Old Town district and housed in a 1912 bank building, the Clarke Historical Museum is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history and culture of Humboldt County.
The Clarke Historical Museum has a strong focus on Native American basketry and ceremonial regalia. There is an extensive collection of antique weapons and photographs, and splendid examples of ceramics, costumes, ethnic and tribal art, Victorian decorative art, furniture, paintings and prints. The museum has a fascinating display of everyday items from the Victorian period, really bringing the past to life. The museum also offers hands-on workshops for more in-depth studies of the lives of the people who made Humboldt County what it is today.
Admission is free, and it is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11am to 4pm, and during First Saturday Night Arts Alive from 11am to 4pm and 6 to 9pm. The museum is located in Old Town Eureka on the corner of 3rd and E Streets. Docent-led tours can be provided by special request. Don’t forget to ask about the resident “ghost!”
The Native American collection, from Northwest California tribes, is considered among the country’s largest and best. One spacious gallery is devoted to the basketry, ceremonial regalia and stone implements of the Wiyot, Yurok, Karuk, Hoopa, and other area tribes.
The Clarke Historical Museum’s home, the former Bank of Eureka building with its unusual glazed terre cotta façade, was designed by San Francisco architect Albert Pissis and built in 1912. In 1960, Eureka High School teacher Cecile Clarke purchased the building and moved in her extensive local history collection. Nealis Hall, the Native American annex, was added in 1979. The museum’s gift shop offers a unique selection of historical souvenirs, area crafts, and books on regional history.
Location: 240 E Street | Old Town Eureka, CA 95501 | Tel: 707-443-1947 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Clarke Historical Museum Website | 0.4 mi from Hotel
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Eureka & Humboldt County Museums, Galleries and Historic Sites Guide
Within walking distance, a short hop in your car, or a day-long driving excursion from the Eureka Townhouse Motel, you will a variety of Crescent City Museums, Galleries and Historic Sites to explore. There is much more to Humboldt County than the redwoods and coast that everyone comes to see. Learn about the nearby Eureka Museums, Galleries and Historic Sites nearby in our Eureka travel guide, and find some time to learn about the people and events who settled the area.
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