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Butter Museum

Address: Shandon, Cork, Ireland
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Ranked #18 of 72 Attractions in Cork
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

For history buffs like me, learning about Cork's world famous butter market will be a must-do on your trip here. Though the museum is small, it has a good amount of information. Some themes include: transformation of butter distribution from individual dairy farms to corporate distributors like Kerry; how butter is made; women's role in making butter; folklore and magic... More 

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Cork, Cork, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

I found it interesting being from a farming background but I think it could be a bot more interactive and there could be more added to the displays and the history. It was worth the admission but I think more could be added to the museum to make it a more immersive experience

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

I was very impressed with the Butter Museum. It was near our hotel and the man at the entrance was so nice to us one day that we thought we should at least see the museum. The movie had a really good history of the famine and how the butter trade helped turn around the economy. It was interesting. It... More 

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Houston, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

You get some Irish folk tales and history while the butter is being made. You can take part in the churning should you wish and you do get to sample it once complete!

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Chester, United Kingdom
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9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

The gentleman at the front desk was a lively and friendly gentleman and let us enter with the butter making exhibition early. It was informative and at the end anything we missed the gentleman answered them helpfully. He was very patient and he got the kids to help out as they learned about the process and history of the butter... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

A bit of an uphill walk from the center of Cork but well worth the visit. The history of butter in Ireland is a history of Ireland is elf. The museum is a wonderful display of butter production and the video puts it all into perspective within the history of the country. A no rush experience and very interesting

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Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Ever since I can remember, I have always been obsessed with butter. So imagine my surprise when, at a loose end in Cork, I discovered that they have an entire museum devoted to the stuff. Well, actually, I just went, as I am sure some do, simply out of a sense of curiosity and a keen sense of the absurd.... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I'd heard about this museum for years but never made it here. This past visit to Ireland we made it a priority and I'm glad we did. It's right by the Shandon Bells and an easy drive but parking is tight. Be prepared! The museum itself is small, very small, only two stories. Each visit begins with a movie called... More 

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This little beacon of buttery history was a was a gem in our trip to Cork. It spread it's golden knowledge of the importance of the Butter and other parts of the dairy industry in relation to Ireland's globalisation of Kerry gold. I was only disappointed that we weren't able to have some butter at the end. Green to Gold!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

It rained like crazy one day in Cork, so we decided to visit the butter museum. To our surprise, we really enjoyed this place. The cost is 4 Euros a person. They show you a film about the history of Irish butter that proved to be historical and quite interesting. We would recommend this for a quick visit. An hour... More 

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