Clarke Historical Museum in Eureka California

Located in the Bank of Eureka building in the heart of Old Town, the Clarke Historical Museum is the largest museum of its kind in Humboldt County. The collection includes photographs and artifacts dating back to the era when Native Indians settled the area. Some artifacts include weapons, tools, textiles, and everyday household goods. Visitors will find displays on the Gold Rush, the lumber trade, and other important times in Eureka history. The museum was founded in 1960, by Cecile Clarke, a Eureka High School teacher.

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240 E St, Eureka, California, CA


Hours:Open Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Events: Docent-led Tours, Native American Cultural Awareness Day.

Prices: Individual admission is $5 per person and $10 group entry donation.

Before You Go

We Answer Your Frequently Asked Questions 

What can you see at the Museum?

Learn about the history of Humboldt County at the Clarke Museum.

Visitors can explore a selection of current exhibits, as well as permanent collections of WW I and WW II portraits and baskets from master basket maker, Nettie Ruben.

What is unique about the Museum?

Clarke Historical Museum is the largest museum in Humboldt County. It boasts an exciting collection of Northwest Native Indian artifacts from many different tribes. Items include ceremonial clothing, baskets, jewelry, and a Yurok canoe.

The collection's foundation was from the private collection of Cecile Clarke, a Eureka High School teacher.

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