Clare Museum opened in 2000 as a local authority museum, and is housed in a former Sisters of Mercy Convent, dating from 1854. It tells the history of the county over a period of 6,000 years using authentic artefacts, colourful text panels and audio-visual presentations.
The museum holds MSPI accreditation and is designated by the National Museum of Ireland to collect archaeological finds and includes a large collection of objects on loan from these, making a visit to Clare Museum an essential introduction to the whole county.
One permanent gallery displays The Riches of Clare, which occupies two galleries. The objects included are from archaeological sites, social history, religious sites, agricultural history, Clare's association with the Spanish Armada, Clare's musical tradition, and collections relating to Éamon de Valera. The display also contains the journal of former IRA volunteer and TD Patrick Brennan, and an exhibition of the 1914 All-Ireland Hurling Championship Senior and Junior teams.