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“A small museum, with a bit of everything”
Review of Cork Public Museum

Cork Public Museum
Ranked #34 of 168 things to do in Cork
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Cead Mile Failte to Ireland’s oldest Local Authority museum. Situated within walking distance of the city centre in the beautiful Fitzgerald Park, Cork Public Museum has exhibited Cork’s rich and diverse heritage since 1945. Come marvel at archaeological exhibits that trace over 7,000 years of human settlement in Cork. Explore the museum’s historical exhibits that tell the stories of many prominent Cork men and women who played their part in some of the most important national and international events of the last four centuries. The museum’s exhibits highlight and examine the city’s rich civic, political, military, social and cultural histories that make Cork what it is today. From May 1st the museum will be opened the following hours: Monday: Closed Tuesday – Friday: 10am -4pm Saturday: 11am – 4pm Sunday (May to September): 2 – 4pm
Reviewed 12 November 2017

Nice little museum (especially considering admission is free), and although you couldn't really spend more than an hour there, there is a good range of exhibits.

We really enjoyed the WW1 trench exhibit, which was a clever use of space, and the bronze age items are particularly notable for such a small museum. Although not afforded much space, the Megaloceros giganteus (Giant Irish Deer) skull and antlers are fascinating, and although not as well preserved as the Dublin specimens, they were found locally.

Also worth mentioning is that an exhibit on the now-deconsecrated Cork Synagogue is towards the back, with some of the furniture and ceremonial items on display, they even saved the seal of David from above the door. It was nice to see that they haven't ended up in a skip.

Thank FoxWynne
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Reviewed 11 November 2017

Well worth visiting and taking your time. Lots more to see than some years ago with extension. All free!

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Reviewed 3 November 2017

Despite a lack of signage, we found the museum after a 15 min walk from city centre. Needed to kill some time before heading to the airport, and this filled it well. Don’t miss the cafe at the rear they provide a good range of snacks and drinks in a pleasant garden setting next to the river.

Thank r0b423
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Reviewed 7 October 2017

Well put together local displays that gave a good summary of the history of the area. We were a bit rushed as it was closing time. Would probably take 45 mins or so to see it thoroughly.

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Reviewed 2 October 2017

Some people slammed this museum for one reason or another. I found it interesting especially the freedom fighters, the pictures, the artifacts from the celts! It was low key, quiet, and a good rainy day plan. Maybe the dissatisfied should have asked for their money back!, oh I forgot.....it was free.

Thank James W
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