Crawford Art Gallery
Crawford Art Gallery
4.5
Art Galleries • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Art Museums
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Crawford Art Gallery is a National Cultural Institution and regional art museum for Munster, dedicated to the visual arts, both historic and contemporary. Admission to the Gallery and to exhibitions is free. The permanent collection comprises almost 4,000 works, ranging from eighteenth century Irish and European painting and sculpture, through to contemporary video installations. At the heart of the collection is a collection of Greek and Roman sculpture casts, brought to Cork in 1818 from the Vatican Museum in Rome. Through its temporary exhibitions, publications and education programmes, the Crawford Art Gallery is committed to fostering recognition, critical assessment, and acknowledgement of historical and contemporary Irish and international art practice. Located in the heart of Cork city, the gallery is a critical part of Ireland's cultural and tourism infrastructure, welcoming almost 200,000 visitors a year.
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fe22016
Dublin, Ireland60 contributions
Aug 2022 • Solo

I took the free guided tour on Sunday 7th of August, it was way above expectations as our eloquent art historian guide brought the selected exhibits alive for us and gave them meaning, from the collection of Canova casts, to the ‘shawlie’ sculpture by Seamus Murphy and the Jack B Yeats miniature on loan, it was all fascinating.

Upstairs we went to the oldest part of the building where the paintings, the city and the building itself were put beautifully into context by our guide. The one hour tour was both ‘just enough’ and ‘not too much’ information for a very sunny Sunday Cork afternoon.
Written August 7, 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We're glad you enjoyed our exhibitions Recasting Canova and Meat and Potatoes, and the guided tours! Our tours change frequently depending on the exhibitions and tour guide, we can't wait to welcome you back for another!
Written August 22, 2022
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Lisa C
Cork, Ireland10 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
We have just spent a lovely 2 hours in the Art Gallery. We had a great tour from Matthew he explained the history of the building it’s collections and future developments. It’s a free tour and was an excellent way to spend the time on a rainy Sunday
Written March 19, 2023
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Hello Lisa, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit, and hope you return to visit us soon!
Written April 3, 2023
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Stephen K
Winter Park, FL4,299 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
Nice gallery located next to the Opera House. The admission is free. Great thing to do on a rainy day. The collection was very eclectic from ancient sculptures that were done in plaster to ultra modern. Definitely worth an hour or so if you’re here especially if it’s wet outside.
Written November 22, 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We're glad you enjoyed our Sculpture Galleries, and hope to welcome you back soon!
Written December 2, 2022
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Niall Pauline C
Dublin, Ireland9 contributions
Mar 2023
I visited this cafe the other day with my elderly mother. We arrived 5mins after the breakfast was finished and were told lunch would start in 45minis. We were to get a train but as my mother was very keen to eat there, we decided to kill some time and come back. We settled and a lovely girl took our order. We asked to speak to the manager, as my mum was asking about the possibility of bringing a group of 20 from Dublin to visit the museum and then on for some lunch. While my mother was speaking, the rude manageress told her to 'stop talking'. I was so shocked at seeing this rude lady talk to my mother is such a manner that I insisted on leaving. I would not recommend this establishment, and this lady needs to go back to training!!!
Written March 3, 2023
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MRichardson2014
Lake of Bays, Canada918 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
We visited this museum today and enjoyed it but would have been upset if it was not free admission. While the temporary exhibits were well described and as a result interesting, all of the permanent collection rooms were closed. We were done in 45 minutes.
Written May 2, 2023
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RWW
Hoylake, UK67 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
Interesting wide ranging collection .
The Harry Clarke exhibition was fascinating, I would have liked to learned about how the three exhibited panels were made. I’m sure that this kind of work was technically very challenging in 1910/11.
Written February 28, 2023
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Hey Bob, we're glad you enjoyed seeing our Harry Clarke panels! We hope to welcome you back for another visit very soon!
Written March 9, 2023
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Lorraine B. L.
Donegal Town, Ireland2 contributions
Aug 2022 • Friends
I visited the Crawford with a group of my girl friends on a weekend away in Cork and I must say what a gorgeous experience the 5 of us had! The museum is an old Georgian/Victorian era gem. A jewel in the city centre. Firstly we went to look at the Ground floor exhibition (Meat and Potatoes ?) while in here we were greeted by a lovely young lad called John. He was so warm and helpful and knew a lot about the background of the paintings and the context of the exhibition. I visit a lot of exhibitions and the workers are usually either not around or don’t know anything about the art but this young lad knew what he was talking about !! I absolutely adored the Yeats and seeing the painted biscuits. The staff upstairs were nice too. Loved the Harry Clarke room, what an asset to the city. The Crawford has a great bookshop on top of a fantastic gallery !
Written August 31, 2022
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Thanks for such a lovely and detailed review, Lorraine! We're delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the Gallery and our current exhibitions. We hope to welcome you back to the Gallery again very soon!
Written September 9, 2022
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Patrick SUA
Castle Cary, UK33 contributions
Aug 2021
An eclectic mix of paintings and sculptures, some excellent, others with less obvious appeal. Housed in a lovely old building in the City Centre, it's well worth passing an hour here. There is also an excellent cafe, set up for outdoor eating during the pandemic
Written September 9, 2021
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Thank you for this thoughtful review and for taking the time to recommend the gallery and café to other TripAdvisor users. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Cork City.
Written September 20, 2021
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AsHC
5 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
Really enjoyable visit make all the better by the great team working there. Everyone we interacted with contributed to making it a great visit. The Sunday Art workshop team were so accommodating and encouraging of my small child's 'creations', even when he wanted to do his own thing. The host of the guided tour had so much passion and knowledge to share that my 10 year loved the tour and the staff in the book shop were welcoming and helpful. Really great venue with great people
Written January 31, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to write this lovely review! Your positive feedback means the world to us here as we strive to make every visitor's experience as warm and welcoming as possible. We hope you can return soon for our family-friendly Sunday activities and our changing programme of exhibitions and special events. With best wishes from Crawford Art Gallery!
Written February 4, 2020
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Kieran O
Cork, Ireland1 contribution
Mar 2020
The Crawford Art Gallery is a must see Cultural Institution when visiting Cork City. It has an excellent collection of work both historic and contemporary and admission is free. Accessible to all, easy to navigate, great facilities, caters for large and small groups and has an excellent learn and explore programme. There’s a very nice restaurant and shop on the ground floor and the staff are very friendly. Best of all it’s nestled in the heart of the cultural quarter of Cork City. A must see…….
Written March 10, 2020
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Hello, Many thanks for your kind words and for recommending us to your fellow TripAdvisor users! We hope you have been keeping well and that you can pop in for a visit soon. We also encourage you to check out the range of creative activities, games, videos on the Learn & Explore section of our website. With all best wishes from Crawford Art Gallery
Written August 19, 2020
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Crawford Art Gallery is open:
  • Sun - Sun 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Mon - Wed 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thu - Thu 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Fri - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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