Clare Museum

County Clare

At this diverting little museum, the 'Riches of Clare' exhibition tells the story of Clare from 8000 years ago to the present day using authentic artefacts grouped into five themes: earth (geology, seasons and agriculture), power (such as hill forts and tower houses), faith (Christianity's influence), water (the county's relationship with the River Shannon and the Atlantic) and energy (particularly Clare's musical and sporting prowess).

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Nearby County Clare attractions

1. Daniel O'Connell Monument

0.04 MILES

Set on a soaring column, a statue of Daniel O'Connell (aka the 'Great Liberator') presides over the Square.

2. Ennis Friary

0.13 MILES

North of the Square, Ennis Friary was founded by Donnchadh Cairbreach O'Brien, a king of Thomond, between 1240 and 1249. A mix of structures dating…

3. Ennis Cathedral

0.19 MILES

Consecrated in 1843, this impressive structure had its tower and spire added in 1874, and was elevated to the status of a cathedral in 1990. A highlight…

4. Quin Friary

5.28 MILES

Impressively intact, this Franciscan friary was founded in 1433 using part of the walls of an older Clare castle built in 1280. Despite many periods of…

5. Dysert O'Dea

5.82 MILES

The centrepiece of this fascinating historic site where St Tola founded a monastery in the 8th century is the four-storey, 15th-century O'Dea Castle…

6. Dromore Wood

6.59 MILES

Extending along a lovely river, Dromore Wood encompasses some 400 hectares of picturesque Irish woodland as well as the ruins of the lakeside 17th-century…