Museum Numbers Up 25% in 2005

Clare Champion, Friday, January 27, 2006

There was an increase of 25% in the number of visitors to the Clare Museum in 2005, with the yearly figure estimated to be over 40,000. There are now hopes that this number will increase even more to 50,000 in 2006, the budget meeting of Clare County Council heard this week.

The meeting was told of some of the highlights of the last year including the outreach activity which took place such as with Ennistymon Day Care Centre and visits to Clarecastle Day Care Centre. Other highlights include the major exhibition on the official visits during Dr Patrick Hillery’s presidency which will run until the end of February.

One of the main factors in the high visitor figures for the month of June was a series of lunch time concerts hosted at the museum and organised by the Arts Office. Also objects are being continually photographed and added to the museum section of the library website to help give global access to the museum.

Plans for 2006 unveiled at the meeting include a further outreach project to another day care centre, workshops, storytelling and school tours through Irish during Seachtain na Gaeilge. There are also plans for the continued development of local community based heritage centres and museums throughout the Clare Heritage Circle and a temporary exhibition on Clare embroidery and Clare lace.

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