Top online reviews for museum
The Clare Champion,
Friday, July 24th, 2015
is continuing its award-winning ways. The museum, in the heart of Ennis, was
recently awarded a Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor, the travel
website where tourists can post their reviews of hotels, restaurants, museums
and other tourist attractions.
The museum received a high number of very positive reviews from visitors during 2014 and at present, some 71 of the total 76 received rate the museum as either ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’.
Just some of the positive things people are saying on the site about Clare Museum are “Excellent regional museum, informative friendly staff. Hosts many arts and culture events, often free. Important site for the Fleadh Nua”; “the museum exhibits were excellent, as were the staff. It had a real sense of County Clare in all that was displayed. Gives a massive sense of place for people visiting the county. A must visit”; and “the museum has excellent exhibits from pre-history to modern day and is to be recommended. Well researched and written boards, manageable size and pleasant layout makes this accessible for most age groups”.
According to John Rattigan, curator, “Most of the reviews posted about the museum comment on our policy of free admission. Admission fees were abolished in June 2004 in an effort to make the museum more accessible to the local community but since the economic crisis, we can see that free admission has become increasingly appreciated by tourists and other non-local visitors”.
Further recognition came last week in Dublin, when Clare Museum became one of Ireland’s museums that have been recognized for high standards of management, care of collections and visitor services, by the Heritage Council under its Museum Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI).
Clare Museum, along with Dublin Castle State Apartments OPW and the Highlanes Gallery in Drogheda, were awarded interim accreditation at the event.
According to Mr Rattigan, “Clare Museum will work towards achieving full accreditation status in 2017”.
Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys presents a certificate of Interim Accreditation to museum curator, John Rattigan. Also in the picture are Cllr James Breen, Mayor of Clare, Helen Walsh, Clare County Librarian and Anne Haugh, Director of Service, Clare County Council.