Museum Voted County’s Leading Tourist Attraction

The Clare Champion, Friday, June 1, 2012

Clare Museum has been named as the top tourist attraction in Ennis by a leading travel website., the travel website that assists customers in gathering travel information, has recently elevated Clare Museum to the status of county capital’s number one attraction.

The website consists of user-generated content and is used by travellers all over the world to post reviews of tourist attractions, hotels, restaurants and other travel related facilities. One visitor from Belfast wrote ‘Arrived shortly before closing time but [we] weren’t made to feel we had to leave…next time I’ll make sure I have more time’.

Another posted the following: “Not a very big or elaborate place but combines the best of audiovisual presentations in many tongues detailing the local history of Ennis and Clare. Really must be combined with a visit to the Clare Library on Harmony Row to get the overall picture. Should take up a few hours of an otherwise wet day in Clare”.

A visitor from Brunswick, Maine, enthused “This small museum is an ideal way to acquaint yourself with an overview of County Clare from pre-history to the present day. Incorporating geology, archaeology, art and folklife, you come away ready to view the county and the country through clearer eyes and understanding. Some of the artefacts are stunningly beautiful, all are interesting”

The general consensus is that a visit to Ennis must now entail a trip into the Museum, it is appreciated that it is free of charge and word appears to be spreading to other travellers using the website that it is a “must see” item on any visit to Clare.
Another American visitor posted “This gem of a museum presents thoughtfully assembled exhibits in a beautifully designed space. It is an invaluable stop for anyone who wants a greater understanding of the history and culture of Ireland's Banner County”
Museum Curator, John Rattigan commented, ‘Free admission to the Museum and the quality of the permanent exhibition are greatly appreciated by visitors’.

Several favourable posts by Ennis residents also reflect increased use of the Museum by locals in the last year. A FAS Job bridge intern was placed as an Education Officer in the Museum between August and March raising the profile of the Museum among schools locally.

‘Visitor figures for the first four months of the year are up 42% on the corresponding period last year,’ said Mr Rattigan.

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