Opening Hours

Nov to Feb: Sat & Sun, 11:00am – 3:00pm.
Mar to Oct: Daily, 10:00am – 5:00pm.
Winter Weekends supported by Kerrygold.
Group tours & off-season visits by prior arrangement.

Butter Making Demonstrations

Butter making demonstations take place in the museum each Saturday at 12:00 pm.

Admission Prices

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

  • shadow [presentation] butter museum slideshow image
    Museum exterior
  • shadow [presentation] butter museum slideshow image
    Butter making demonstration
  • shadow [presentation] butter museum slideshow image
  • shadow [presentation] butter museum slideshow image
  • shadow [presentation] butter museum slideshow image
  • shadow [presentation] butter museum slideshow image
  • shadow [presentation] butter museum slideshow image
  • shadow [presentation] butter museum slideshow image
  • shadow [presentation] butter museum slideshow image
  • shadow [presentation] butter museum slideshow image

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

Jun 20, 2018

the Latin word companion means the person with whom you share bread

Jun 20, 2018
Jun 20, 2018

The national dairy herd is now 1,518,146 dairy cows.

Jun 20, 2018
Jun 17, 2018

Don and guest with the finished product

Jun 17, 2018
Jun 17, 2018

 view of a group of American visitors at a butter demonstration in the Museum last Friday.

Jun 17, 2018
Jun 13, 2018

The Butter Exchange Band outside the Butter Museum performing as part of the Blasta event, Herbie Hendrick, Cork Person of the Month, April, conducting.  Herbie has been with the Buttera for almost 70 years.

Jun 13, 2018
Jun 13, 2018

thebuttermuseum:

Some of the diners at the recording of an episode TG4′s forthcoming series on traditional Irish foods, which was filmed in O’Connell Square last evening.

Jun 13, 2018
Jun 13, 2018

Tripe and drisheen, with a lump of creamery butter; one of the dishes served at the Blasta recording yesterday evening

Jun 13, 2018
Jun 13, 2018

Some of the diners at the recording of an episode TG4′s forthcoming series on traditional Irish foods, which was filmed in O’Connell Square last evening.

Jun 13, 2018
Jun 03, 2018

Our dear friend and colleague, John O’Brien, in characteristic good form charming a visitor.  To our great sadness, John died, suddenly, this weekend.  He will be greatly missed.

Jun 03, 2018
May 30, 2018

Butter made at a butter demonstration in the Butter Museum yesterday.  The golden colour, the distinctive marker of grass fed cows, is very apparent,

May 30, 2018
May 28, 2018

The Faerie Queen Butter wrapper from what was Ballyclough Creamery, now part of Dairygold.  The author of the Faerie Queen, Edmund Spenser, was granted about 3,000 acres near Mallow in the Elizabethan reconquest.  The land had been forfeit from  the Earl of Desmond.

May 28, 2018
May 28, 2018

The Butter Museum at the National Dairy Show a few years ago.

May 28, 2018
May 28, 2018

Bill of Lading of the Lydia, with 500 firkins of butter for London by Beamish, Craword and Keating 5 Dec 1786

May 28, 2018
May 24, 2018

CUA students on their annual visit to the Butter Museum making & tasting butter with Dominic.

May 24, 2018
May 15, 2018

View of the Museum as the sun shines and the leaves begin to show.

May 15, 2018
May 08, 2018

Recent acquisition; metal milk skimmer.  This was used to skim the cream from the top of the milk.  The small holes allowed the, now skimmed milk, to fall back into the vessel while thicker cream was removed elsewhere.

May 08, 2018
May 03, 2018

Detail from the Utrecht Psalter  from the first half of the 800s, showing butter being churned with a dash churn; http://www.utrechtpsalter.nl/#digital-edition

May 03, 2018
May 02, 2018

The wonderful Madge Ahern beside a photo of her younger self, listening to recordings that she made about her life.  This audio player, along with three others, have recently been installed in the Butter Museum, thanks to the support of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and the Marine.

May 02, 2018
Apr 18, 2018
“sour or musty; muddy, greasy, rancid, rancid, reeking of pitch and quite flat. I have witnessed occasions when such dregs were served to noblemen, they had to sift it through clenched teeth and... read more

“sour or musty; muddy, greasy, rancid, rancid, reeking of pitch and quite flat. I have witnessed occasions when such dregs were served to noblemen, they had to sift it through clenched teeth and with their eyes shut, with tremblng and grimacing, rather than just drink it.”

A description of the wine at the court of Henry II of England (1133–1189)

Apr 18, 2018
Apr 18, 2018

Butter box, Newport, Co. Tipperary

Apr 18, 2018
Apr 16, 2018
Apr 16, 2018
Apr 16, 2018

The audience at the butter making demonstration last Saturday.

Apr 16, 2018
Apr 16, 2018

Weekend’s potato supply, Nolan’s Butchers, Shandon Street, Cork

Apr 16, 2018
Apr 13, 2018

“It is virtually impossible to exaggerate the importance of cooking in human evolution.” James C. Scott, Against the Grain, p. 40

Apr 13, 2018
Apr 12, 2018

O’Connell Street, Dublin, during the snow

Apr 12, 2018
Mar 25, 2018

Butter making demonstrations gallery

Click above to browse a gallery of photographs of the popular butter making demonstrations at the museum

Mar 25, 2018
Mar 25, 2018

Watch a short video about the Butter Museum

Mar 25, 2018
Mar 25, 2018
Mar 25, 2018