Museums in Cork


Cork Public Museum
Paddle Steamer
Cornmarket Street Late 1800s

Step back in time


Being steeped in history Cork has a wealth of facinating history to explore from St.Finbarre's ancient monastic settlement and the arrival of the vikings to more modern-day history like the War of Independence and the city's unusual position as the world's butter capital. 

If you're interested in Cork's intriguing history below are a list of our must-see tourist attractions. 


As a rule most Corkonians are very interested in the history of their own city and county. As well as our museums there are some excellent online resources available that are full of facinating details, facts and anecdotes about Cork's long and turbulent history. Check out some of the following links:

Art History

Crawford Art Gallery, a National Cultural Institution and regional art museum for Munster, is dedicated to the visual arts, both historic and contemporary. 

Located in the heart of Cork city, beside the Opera House, the Gallery is a critical part of Ireland's cultural and tourism infrastructure, welcoming over 200,000 visitors a year.