Cork Butter Museum

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Cork Butter Museum
Músaem Ime Chorcaí
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Cork Butter Museum is located in Ireland
Cork Butter Museum
Location within Ireland
Established 1985
Location Cork, County Cork, Ireland
Coordinates 51°54′10″N 8°28′36″W / 51.902694°N 8.476700°W / 51.902694; -8.476700
Type Butter museum
Curator Peter Foynes
Website www.thebuttermuseum.com

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.

History[edit]

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]

Exhibits[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Cork Butter Museum". Ask About Ireland. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  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.