Cork Public Museum, Cork City

Building, Cork Public Museum, Cork City

Built in 1845 the Cork Public Museum known then as The Shrubberies is located on the grounds of Fitzgerald Park. It was originally built by Beamish family and was for years their family home. Cork Corporation eventually purchased the house and its surrounding land and used it as a showcase for the Cork International Exhibition of 1902 and 1903.

The museum officially opened in 1910 but after the burning of Cork City in 1920 it was used as the city's Municipal Offices. After being used as an Air Raid Protection office during World War II the museum finally opened as we know it today in 1945.

Fitzgerald Park was opened to the public in 1906 and has since become a bustling attraction for both visitors to Cork City and locals alike. The magnificent gardens of the houses of Sunday's Well can be seen from one side of the Museum while the roadside view is flanked by building owned by University College Cork.

Inside The Museum

The top 10 curator's selection is:

1. Model of Medieval Cork
2. Ireland's Oldest Shovel
3. Ogham and Carved Stones
4. The Garryduff Bird
5. Cork Silver
6. 18th Century Costumes
7. Michael Collins
8. Films of Edwardian Cork
9. World War I trench
10. Barrel-top Caravan

The Museum give an expansive history of Cork and covers a wide selection of topics. Everything from barrel-top caravans to costumes of the 18th century, from Ireland's oldest shovel to a selection of Cork Silver can be found within the museum exhibitions.

The Riverside Café has recently opened within the Museum and gives visitors the perfect opportunity to enjoy the marvellous views.

Cork Public Museum really has something for all ages and, if the weather holds up, a walk around the magnificent Fitzgerald Park is a must.

    2016 Opening Hours

  • Monday to Friday: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., 2.15 p.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Saturday: 11a.m. - 1 p.m., 2.15 p.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Sunday: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. (April to September).


  • Cork Public Museum, Fitzgeralds Park, The Mardyke, Cork. Telephone: + 353 21 4270679

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