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Clare Ancient House Museum 26 High Street , Clare CO10 8NY, UK

About Clare Ancient House Museum

Covid-19 update: Visiting in 2021 will be by appointment only, during our new opening hours of Saturdays and Bank Holidays, 11.30am to 5pm; Sundays 2-5pm. Please book by emailing

Exhibitions in the museum tell the story of the town, and of the people who once called Clare their home. 

The museum is housed in a Grade I listed building of national importance. The West Wing on the High Street is believed to date from the 14th Century and the more heavily decorated East Wing, from 1473.  This important timber-frame building is especially noted for its decorative pargeting.

The museum was established in 1979, and is entirely run by volunteers and trustees.  Artefacts on display range from Iron Age and Roman to through to Victorian and later, including clothing, tools, coins and everyday domestic items.  Recent archaeological excavations in Clare Castle discovered several Saxon and many medieval artefacts which are on display.

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