7% Rise In Clare Museum Visitors

The Clare Champion, Friday, January 18th, 2013

Clare Museum experienced a 7% increase in visitors during 2012. The total number of visitors to the museum during the year reached 25,707, an increase of almost 1,900 visitors on the previous year and, according to the museum curator John Rattigan, it is the highest visitor figure since 2008.

‘Having experienced a modest increase in 2011, there were several factors at the root of this years rise in visitors. The museum benefited from the availability of an education officer though the FAS Job-bridge intern programme during the first quarter of 2012, which provided activities and led to a surge of school visits,’, Mr Rattigan said.

The wet summer also suited the museum’s indoor attractions and visitors benefited from free admission. A number of temporary exhibitions and a craftworkers pop-up shop were an added extra.

‘Another factor was the provision of additional bus parking spaces adjacent to the museum, a development that has opened up the centre of Ennis to tour groups.’

‘In a new year initiative, the museum would be delighted to hear from private collectors who may be interested in putting on an exhibition of their collections at the museum’, he concluded.

Anyone interested can contact John Rattigan at 065-6823382.

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