Opening Hours

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Mar to Oct: Mon - Sat 10:00am – 5:00pm; Sundays 11.00 -  4.00

We have limited availability of guided tours in the months of July and August

 

Butter Making Demonstrations

Butter making demonstrations at 12.00 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturday

Admission Prices

Full €4.00, Seniors/Students €3.00, Children €1.50
Family group, under 12’s no charge.

 

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    Watch a short video about the museum

Cork’s unique museum: the story of Ireland’s most important food export and the world’s largest butter market

Jul 19, 2019

Cow’s udder from The Book of the Dairy, by W. Fleishmann (1896)

Jul 19, 2019
May 25, 2019

Press Launch for the Old Butter Roads Food Festival

May 25, 2019
May 13, 2019
May 13, 2019
Mar 01, 2019

Images of the refurbished Butter Museum, which opened today.

Mar 01, 2019
Jan 10, 2019

Grazing, Lismore, Co, Waterford, December 2018

Jan 10, 2019
Jan 04, 2019

Ceramic plate for cutting butter; from a shop in Co. Sligo.  Made by J. Newman, Scale Manufacturer and General Shopfitter, 136 Capel Street, Dublin.

Jan 04, 2019
Jan 03, 2019

Clearout preparatory to the refurbishment

Jan 03, 2019
Jan 03, 2019

Memorial Plaque and Statue in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

Jan 03, 2019
Jan 03, 2019

German Butter Girl

Jan 03, 2019
Nov 07, 2018

Some of our milk churns in the lift en route upstairs.  The ground floor is being cleared in preparation for the refurbishment that is to start soon.

Nov 07, 2018
Nov 07, 2018

Scenes from the 4th Annual Lecture in UCC on the 1st November.  Joe Gill, from Goodbody Stockbroker’s, gave a talk on Irish Food in the Next Century.

Nov 07, 2018
Oct 28, 2018

Fermoy Men’s  Club outside the Museum after a tour on Tuesday.

Oct 28, 2018
Oct 22, 2018

Walking tour of Shandon as part of Urban October, Sunday 14th October

Oct 22, 2018
Oct 04, 2018

View of a group of French agriculture students in the Museum last Monday

Oct 04, 2018
Oct 04, 2018

A group of Austrian travel writers, and their guide, Miriam Ahern, prior to their visit to the Museum last Saturday. 

Oct 04, 2018
Oct 01, 2018

Oola Creamery, Oola, Co. Limerick, Sep 2018

Oct 01, 2018
Sep 24, 2018

Scenes from a recent walking tour of Shandon

Sep 24, 2018
Sep 13, 2018

Guardian article on the benefits of dairy, in moderation

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/sep/11/dairy-in-moderation-is-good-for-heart-health-study-finds

Sep 13, 2018
Sep 13, 2018

In Bruges

Sep 13, 2018
Sep 06, 2018

List of butter merchants in Cork city in 1856; of the seventy two listed, two thirds are in the Shandon area

Sep 06, 2018
Sep 06, 2018

Extract from a recent post on Conde Nast.com on Cork.  The Butter Museum is described as “interesting”. A link to the full piece, by Mark Bolton, is on our links page.

Sep 06, 2018
Sep 06, 2018

From “The Reliques of Father Prout”

Sep 06, 2018
Sep 06, 2018

A dairy thermometer recently acquired by the Museum

Sep 06, 2018
Aug 20, 2018

Visitors to the Butter Museum, Heritage Day, 18th August 2018; photos Roland Paschhoff

Aug 20, 2018
Aug 03, 2018

The old and the new in West Cork; bulk tanks and a donkey.  Image from Drinagh Co-op website

Aug 03, 2018
Jul 26, 2018

Old signage exposed during the renovation of a property on the North Main Street, Cork

Jul 26, 2018
Jul 24, 2018

Museum of Bread Culture, Ulm

http://www.museum-brotkultur.de/index.php

Jul 24, 2018
Jul 23, 2018
Jul 23, 2018

https://yaycork.ie/

Jul 23, 2018
Jul 23, 2018

An article from the Atlantic on health and the consumption of dairy fats “ I think the big news here is that even though there is this conventional wisdom that whole-fat dairy is bad for heart disease, we didn’t find that,” says Marcia de Oliveira Otto, the lead researcher of the study and an assistant professor of epidemiology, human genetics, and environmental science at the University of Texas School of Public Health. “And it’s not only us. A number of recent studies have found the same thing.”

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2018/07/cheese-butter-not-necessarily-linked-to-death/565253/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=politics-daily-newsletter&utm_content=20180720&silverid-ref=MzE5NDgxODQ0MjE5S0

Jul 23, 2018
Jul 18, 2018

Scenes from the 53rd 2018 All Ireland churn rolling competitions held in Tipperary town as part of the Tipperary Festival last weekend.  Images courtesy of Tipperary Co-op and O’Gorman Photography

Jul 18, 2018
Jul 11, 2018

Local summer school group making butter with Don outside the Museum this morning.

Jul 11, 2018
Jul 05, 2018

Cover page from a publication from the Condensed Milk Company of Ireland (CMCI), better known as Cleeves from the 1920s.  The company was taken into state ownership and broken up in 1927.  Their Mallow plant became part of the Ballyclough Creamery and is now part of Dairygold Co-op.  Note the horns on the cows.

Jul 05, 2018
Jul 05, 2018

Butter Making

Excellent short film from the 1940s on butter making

https://www.britishpathe.com/video/butter-making/query/butter

Jul 05, 2018
Jul 05, 2018

A butter worker,  probably from the 1910′s.  “Working the butter” was the phrase used to describe pressing the excess moisture from the butter when it came out of the butter churn.  Probably quite soon after the date of this photograph the process was incorporated into churn and butter working machines became obsolete.  Domestic butter makers used their butter spades or pats to press out the excess moisture.

Jul 05, 2018