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Cork Public Museum

Contact Details

Address Fitzgerald Park, Mardyke Walk, Cork.
Telephone 021 4270679
Opening Hours 11am - 1pm, 2.15 pm - 4 pm
Wheelchair Accessible Partial


Cork Public Museum


The Cork Public Museum is located in Fitzgerald Park on Mardyke Walk along the City's western corridor.  The museum was originally a private residence built by Charles Beamish in 1845 on land purchased from the Duke of Devonshire. Following the completion of the house the grounds (now Fitzgerald Park) were laid out with a fantastic variety of shrubs and trees.

In 1886 the house became the home of the Bons Secours Sisters. During the later 19th century it became a private residence for Mr. Barry J. Sheehan (1880) and Mr. Cornelius Desmond (1897) respectively. It was sold in 1901 to the Incorporated Cork International Association. During the Exhibition of 1902/03 the Committee used the house for visiting dignitaries, who included King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra.

Having been handed over to the Corporation for the people of Cork the house became a museum in 1910. Following a Historical Exhibition in 1942 the building was reopened to the public in 1945. It was administered by UCC until 1963 and since then directly by the City Council.

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Cork Public Museum is hosting the exhibition "In their Own Words: Cork Stories, Easter 1916".  The exhibition centres on the testimonies and personal recollections of the Cork men and women involved in the Rising such as Michael Collins, Diarmaid Lynch and J.J.Walsh.

From 11am - 3 pm

Try your hand at identifying the bones of pre-historic animals and the remains of ancient crops in a "hands on" session.  Have a go at grinding grain in a pre-historic hand mill.  Enjoy butter churning demonstrations and the opportunity to taste the results with some pre-historic style bread.

Presented by the Heritage Council INSTAR funded project 'Seeing beyond the site - Landscape and Settlement in Later Prehistoric Ireland', in collaboration with Cork Public Museum and Cork Butter Museum.

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