The rich and diverse history of Humboldt County and California’s northern coast come alive at the Clarke Historical Museum in Eureka. Housed in a 1912 bank building, the museum is devoted to the preservation and presentation of many facets of the area’s past. Beginning with the culture of the land’s original Native American inhabitants, and continuing to the present day, you will be taken on a fascinating historical journey.
The 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. Docent-led tours can be provided by special request. Don’t forget to ask about the resident “ghost!”