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Discover authentic artefacts at Clare Museum

Ennis, Co.Clare

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6,000 years of Clare’s history excitingly captured, with authentic artefacts and their stories. A must-see before exploring the county.

Interested in the authentic heritage of County Clare?

If so, a visit to Clare Museum’s collection of artefacts and stories from Clare is a must-see before exploring the county.

The museum’s two galleries incorporate the traditional method of displaying original artefacts with modern interpretive tools such as colourful display panels, audio visual, interactive presentations and some replica objects.

The collection includes a large loan of objects from the National Museum of Ireland.

The concept of the exhibition is thematic, focusing on the lives and experiences of the people of Clare through the themes of Earth, Power, Faith, Water and Energy.

Attraction Highlights

  • Excavated finds from Poulnabrone Portal tomb in the Burren, used between 3800-3200 BC, making it older than the pyramids of Giza.
  • Letters written by Daniel O’Connell during his Clare election campaign of 1828.
  • A Sheela-na-gig from Ballyportry Castle near Corofin.
  • Artwork by Sir Frederick William Burton.
  • The pen with which British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain signed the 1938 Anglo-Irish Agreement.
  • The ornate barrow and spade used by Charles Stewart Parnell to turn the first sod on the famous West Clare Railway.

Good to Know

Admission: Free admission.

Open months: Open year-round.

Visit duration: About 35 minutes.

Suitability for younger children: Moderately suited.

Cool for kids Aged 6 to 12.

Rainy days: All indoor.

Dining/refreshments: The museum is surrounded by cafes and restaurants in the immediate vicinity.

Toilet facilities: On-site.

Accessibility: Fully accessible with accessible toilets.

Assistance/guide dogs: Permitted.

Parking: Pay car parking nearby. Free coach parking and cleaning facilities nearby.


Details are subject to change. It is always advisable to check the opening dates, times, prices, and other information on their website or directly with the attraction before visiting or booking. 

About Ennis


Ennis, the lively capital town of County Clare, is a picturesque and historic market town with its origins dating back to the 13th century.