Welcome to the Clarke Historical Museum
The mission of the Clarke Historical Museum is to celebrate the rich and varied history of Northwestern California by preserving, sharing, and interpreting that history in ways that increase knowledge, enrich the spirit, engage the mind, and stimulate the imagination.
Whether a tourist or a local, a stop in Old Town Eureka is not complete without a visit to the Clarke Historical Museum.
Founded by Eureka High School teacher Cecile Clarke, the museum has been housed in the landmark Bank of Eureka building since 1960. The Clarke Museum proudly displays the rich history of Humboldt County, which includes vibrant Native American cultures, gold rush settlements, the lumber industry, prosperous ranching, farming and livelihoods wrung from the sea. Walking through period rooms and changing exhibits, visitors can glimpse Victorian elegance, remarkable craftsmanship, and everyday work, home, life and play from Humboldt County’s past.
We look forward to making your next visit to Humboldt a historic one!
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We are happy to announce that the Clarke is once more open to the public.
Wednesday through Sunday
Eureka Arts Alive (Officially returning in July)
1st Saturday of the Month
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday Night Markets (Resume Aug 6)
Fridays, 5-8 pm
240 E Street
Eureka, California 95501
A Very Victorian Tea
The Northwestern Pacific Railroad with Josh Buck (Part of our Historical Geography series)
Indigenous Authors Book Club
Chinatown Walking Tours
Summer Saturday Tours at the Clarke
Immigration, Expulsion, Homecoming Virtual tours now on our website!