Clarke Historical Museum

The Museum occupies what was formerly the 1912 "Bank of Eureka" building, itself a landmark and important part of area history.  

Located In the heart of Old Town Eureka, on the corner of Third and E Streets, the Clarke Historical Museum is the only museum in Humboldt County dedicated to preserving and presenting the history of the entire area.  

Frequently changing exhibits tell the story of the many people, activities and events that made Humboldt County --the gold rush, the lumber industry, ship building and fishing, farmers and businesses, and the everyday lives of people from the earliest times to the recent past.

The Native American wing displays a world recognized collection of northern California Native American basketry, stone tools and regalia. Visitors come from all over to see, study and enjoy this collection.

Special exhibit of Nettie Ruben basketry runs thru Jan 3 2015 
Nettie Ruben, or I-tha-evs-shur her Karuk name, has long been acknowledged as a master basket maker, yet this is the first time an exhibit has been devoted to her.  ”Nettie Ruben’s work is amazing in spanning the whole range of basket types.  Moreover she was undoubtedly the most innovative of Karuk basket weavers.  

An attractive gift and book shop offers unique items, that relate to area history and make ideal souvenirs and gifts.

Began in the 1920's by high school history teacher Cecile Clarke, the museum is now located in the fomer Bank of Eureka building, completed in 1911 and in the National Register.



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240 E Street
Old Town
Eureka, CA  95501
Fax: 707-443-0290

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  • Admission is $1 per person $3 family Hours: Wed thru Sat from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Special Karuk basketry exhibit of Nettie
  • Authentic victorian parlor
  • Impressive collection of California Native American basketry, stone tools and regalia.