Cork Butter Museum

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Cork Butter Museum
Músaem Ime Chorcaí
Cork Butter Museum is located in Ireland
Cork Butter Museum
Location within Ireland
LocationCork, County Cork, Ireland
Coordinates51°54′10″N 8°28′36″W / 51.902694°N 8.476700°W / 51.902694; -8.476700
TypeButter museum
CuratorPeter Foynes

The Cork Butter Museum is a museum that documents the history of butter production and sale in County Cork, and is housed in the former Cork Butter Market.


A display of early butter brands in the Cork Butter Museum
A display of early butter brands in the Cork Butter Museum

The Cork Butter Market building is situated in the Shandon area of the city,[1] with the building dating from 1849.[2] Shandon was the largest Shambles (open-air butcheries) in Ireland, and the Exchange was located within this commercial area. During the Exchange's peak in the 19th-century, Cork was the largest exporter of butter in the world, with butter exported as far as Australia and India.[3][4]


A selection of steel churns in the butter museum.

The museum documents the role of the butter trade to Ireland over the course of history. The museum has displays covering the international Butter Exchange in the 19th-century, the domestic production of butter, and the operations of Kerrygold in more recent times. The displays document elements of Irish commercial, social and domestic history.[1][5] The exhibitions are intended to bring the visitor through various elements of butter production, from dairy cattle farming, to the documents and artifacts relating to the commercial butter trade.[6] The Museum's collections include dairy paraphernalia, including a container of thousand year old medieval bog butter.[7]


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  2. ^ "Shandon Craft Centre, Exchange Street, Cork City, Cork City". National Inventory of Architectural Heritage. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  3. ^ "How we built Ireland – exploring our proud engineering heritage". The Engineers Journal. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Museums and Attractions - Cork Butter Museum". Discover Ireland.
  5. ^ "Cork Butter Museum (Industrial)". Irish Museums Association. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  6. ^ The Liffey Press (2006). The Museums of Ireland: A Celebration. Dublin: The Liffey Press. pp. 126–127. ISBN 1904148883.
  7. ^ Corneanu, Miruna. "20 Museums for Food Lovers in Europe". Travel Away. Retrieved 4 June 2015.