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 demonstrations take place in the museum every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 12:00 pm. for the months of July and August.

Admission Prices

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

We regret that we cannot accept card payments

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

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
Jul 05, 2018
Jul 05, 2018
Jun 26, 2018

Local school group making butter at the Museum this morning

Jun 26, 2018
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

Entertainment outside the Butter Museum as part of the Shandon Street Festival.

Jun 13, 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

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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 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