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 will be on display in the 2019 season.