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Butter Museum

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  • Name: Butter Museum
  • Address: O'Connell Square, Shandon Cork
  • Phone Number: 021 430 0600
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Opening hours

Open daily
Mar – Oct 10.00 – 17.00
Jul – Aug 10.00 – 18.00

Group tours and off season visits by prior arrangement

Admission prices

Full €4.00
Seniors/Students €3.00
School Students €1.50
Children under 12 (no charge)


The Cork Butter Museum is a unique institution, celebrating one of the great success stories of Ireland, the butter trade. Located in the historic Shandon area of Cork city, the story begins with the central role of dairy culture in the Island of Saints and Scholars. The Museum goes on to describe the internationally important Butter Exchange in nineteenth century Cork, the traditional craft of home butter making and the modern success of the Kerrygold brand. In the course of this story, the commercial, social, and domestic life of Ireland is recalled.

The Museum

Early Ireland

Beginning with the origins of dairying in Ireland, this gallery display deals with the Irish practice of preserving butter in bogs, the importance of milch cows in medieval Ireland and cattle raiding.

The entire ground-floor gallery displays traditional butter-making
equipment. The development of the dairy industry in the twentieth century is also explored and the story is brought completely up-to-date with an audio-visual presentation on the industry since the early 1960’s. Throughout the Museum the displays are enhanced by clear and informative panels covering all aspects of the dairy culture in Ireland.

A gallery in the Museum is dedicated to the culture of cattle and dairying in Early Ireland. In this society, cows were not simply a source of valuable foods, such as butter and cheese, but also the measure of wealth and standing.

The gallery features a keg of thousand-year-old butter (seen here) and accompanying panels on the food and society in the Ireland of Saints and Scholars.