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!
Happy 60th Birthday to the Museum!
Click here for more information on our Birthday week, August 17-21, 2020
We do our very best to be open during the hours listed below, yet due to our small staff, it isn't always possible. Feel free to call in advance of your visit.
Hours of Operation:
Due to Governor Newsom's July 13th statewide mandate, we are once again currently closed due to COVID-19
Eureka Arts Alive (Currently Postponed)
1st Saturday of the Month
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday Night Markets (Currently Online)
Fridays, 5-8 pm
240 E Street
Eureka, California 95501
Immigration, Expulsion, Homecoming Virtual tours now on our website!