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Butter Museum, Cork

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  • Tucked away down a little road is the Butter Museum.. totally worth going to it's SO full of information, and an insight into how the life of the people in this trade, The chap who did the 'talk' had ...  more »
  • A museum that would really need to be rethought and modernized to make the exhibition more interesting. A booklet guide in french (and other languages) is available at the reception but its reading is very attractive. Our tour operator (Gendron towers, QC, Canada) had planned a free Sunday in Cork on a circuit of 14 days in Ireland. This day was not the most memorable trip while the Crawford Art Gallery and the English Market are closed on Sundays and most of the churches are of course reserved for worship. So, what to do while waiting for the St-Anne's Church & the Shandon Bells Tower (located nearby) are finally open to visitors? It therefore fell to this small museum dedicated to the manufacturing and trade of salted butter (important economic activity of the region) and especially open on this rainy morning of June. "A small corner of umbrella against a corner of paradise" sang Brassens, not really! Beautiful exhibition of oil skimmers-centrifuges, butter churns and 'milk-cans' ancient as can be seen in several antique shops. Price: 4 for about 30 minutes to visit because we did not have right to a demonstration of making butter, which would have brought a little more interactivity to the visit. A not at all comparable to the Cobh Heritage Centre Museum!
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  • Many interesting Museum which tells the agricultural history of the Ireland and especially that of the manufacturing and the marketing of butter... worth it!
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  • NO SAMPLES. Don't get fooled by the great-looking website. This is not like the other cool places in Ireland like the Guinness Storehouse or Jameson distillery where you have several opportunities to taste the product. It is 2 levels of older butter making tools and information about butter over the centuries. The info itself is very interesting! But, after hearing about butter for 45 minutes you want at least a little soda bread with some Kerrygold... Still go to Cork, just don't go out of your way to get here (like I mistakenly did). Really cool tools and info though.
  • It sounds quirky and doesn't look like much from the outside but this little museum is a rare hidden gem. Very well organized, short and lovely visit. The movie at the beginning explaining how the dairy industry boomed in the 80s is priceless! Highly recommended
  • Simple museum for those who really love butter. It is not very kid friendly. Little more activities for kids need to be added.
  • Informative and interesting to learn the history of butter but there is no live butter making demonstration. Worth a visit if in city.
  • Quirky and surprising little museum. About everything you will ever need to know about butter.

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A destination in and of itself, Cork City has a dense center with plenty of hotels and hostels. Head north of the city center for affordable options like mid-range hotels and guesthouses. From here, you can walk or bike to all of the sights in the heart of the city. If everything is booked, or if you've simply come to explore the city's surrounding nature, check out the campgrounds about ten minutes from the center of town by car. There are also a number of charming bed and breakfasts, guesthouses, and other pensions in the outskirts, which can be a good option if you're using the city as a base for exploring the sights of Cork County.
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