Project Description

Clarke Historical Museum

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.

Tags: Clarke Historical Museum, Clarke Museum, Eureka Museum

Location: 240 E Street | Old Town Eureka, CA 95501 | 707-443-1947 | Clarke Historical Museum Website | 0.4 mi from Hotel

Eureka California Area Arts & Culture, Museums, Galleries & Historic Sites Guide

Within walking distance, a short hop in your car, or a day-long driving excursion from the Town House Motel, you will a variety of Eureka California-Area Museums, Galleries & 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 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.

With the largest number of artists per capita in the United States, the arts are evident everywhere in Eureka. The sides of buildings are painted with colorful murals. Arts Alive!, a monthly alternative exhibit of artists' work fills the streets with throngs of people, sounds of music, and a vast assortment of art. Music events and festivals fill the streets, the harbor and bay throughout the year. Among the events are the north coast annual open studios tour, museums exhibits and festivities, jazz and dance, Indian crafts and fairs. More information about events throughout Eureka can be found on the Town House Motel Local Guide Event Calendar. View Eureka Arts & Culture, Museums, Galleries & Historic Sites Guide.

The Town House Motel

Hotels In Eureka California: Town House Motel

The Town House Motel - Historic Old Town Eureka, is located on the scenic Northern California Coast, home to the world’s tallest redwood trees and miles of stunning coastline. Conveniently located in downtown Eureka, the The Eureka Town House Motel is near historic Old Town, a National Historic District possessing some of the most spectacular Victorian architecture in the nation. The Morris Graves Museum of Art is a few blocks away from the Motel. Humbolt Redwoods State Park, home to the largest contiguous redwood forest in the nation, is 40 miles to the south.

Rooms feature free Wi-Fi and wired internet; wall mounted flat-screen TVs with DISH satellite service and 9 HBO channels. Rooms are equipped with refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee makers. Covered parking is free and dogs are welcome – and ALL calls in the 48 US contiguous states are FREE (local, 1+ and 800).

Town House Motel is rated for the best value in Eureka! Guests get more for their money when compared to other hotels in Eureka. As a result, we have been a top TripAdvisor hotel for years and work very hard to earn your trust and maintain that status. Take a few moments to read our Guest Reviews and see what others have to say.