Butter Museum
Butter Museum
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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  • filsfieryfurnace
    London, United Kingdom88 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    friendly and interesting - ignores the more difficult narratives.
    Lovely building, some interesting artefacts. Friendly, folksy butter demo - not much of a focus on facts, but a very personable 'docent'. But how can a museum effectively telling the story of agriculture in this part of Ireland from the start of the nineteenth century, ignore the 'Great Famine'? Particularly as one of the primary contributors to the famine was the fact that landowners/farmers carried on exposing 'cash crops' like butter out of SW Ireland throughout the 1840's? This baffled me. I wonder if the extremely corporate 'Kerrygold' introductory video which you are shown at entry points to the reason behind this...?
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 26, 2023
  • Sky T
    Dublin, Ireland3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I now appreciate butter.
    The museum is small but was the highlight of our trip to Cork! The staff were friendly and I have a greater appreciation for butter now. Loved listening to the recordings of those involved with the butter business. Their postcards are also very cute and a unique souvenir.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 19, 2023
  • Jim S.
    Houston, Texas69 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a vist.
    Definitely worth a visit. The exhibits will only take you about an hour - but will give you an interesting bit of Irish and Cork history. The museum is located in the old Butter Market buildings, from which butter was shipped to the entire British Empire.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Tracey H
    Dublin, Ireland3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating Museum Visit
    A really interesting museum, which takes in all the varied and fascinating aspects of Irish butter culture including material culture and the different styles of domestic churns used, the folklore surrounding churning, the history of bog butter and the historical economic importance of Irish butter in global trade. It's quite a niche museum but is really fascinating in how it shows the breadth of how butter relates to wider culture, history and economy. You could probably see it in an hour, and the variety of audio-visual displays, display-cabinets, panels and even an area where you can print your own butter labels would make it an interesting visit for all ages.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 13, 2023
  • John H
    Chorley, United Kingdom11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A little gem of a place.
    Cork Butter Museum was a real surprise. Small but well worth the visit; very interesting and so well set out. The informative video as an introduction was professionally made, just the right length and gave us an excellent insight into the history of Ireland's butter industry. Made us want to go straight out & eat a loaf of soda bread with Kerrygold butter! In addition, Miriam on reception was so enthusiastic and helpful. Thank you.....wish there was a cafe on site!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 6, 2023
  • Ruthie N
    Lafayette, California10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A don’t miss stop
    This place could be totally easily overlooked, but I highly encourage a stop here. While one might think “a museum about butter?” there was a lot of Irish history included which we enjoyed. The docents were personable (ok, who isn’t in Ireland?) and there was also an informative film clip with photos through the years. Anyone with any interest in marketing would be amazed at the early insight of the Irish Dairy Board. Truly remarkable for such a small country to have such control over a particular product on an international basis.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 8, 2023
  • Tim Mc G
    Dublin, Ireland280 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Butter Museum
    Was in Cork for the day and decided I’d go to the museum based on reviews. I really enjoyed it. It was great to learn about the history of butter and all the different contraptions for making butter. Would go again
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written April 29, 2024
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Geraldine
Cork, Ireland1,951 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
This is a lovely museum largely focusing on the origins of butter and butter trading in Ireland. The video at the start is interesting & informative. The museum could be made even better by adding a more recent history section though as it stops in the 1920s.
Written August 26, 2020
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Matt McKissock
Warren, PA18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
As a seasoned world traveler I have learned not to invest too much hope in anticipation of experiencing any of the great bucket-list destinations of the world, for fear of the crushing disappointment and long tail of depression that ensues when the reality of the experience invariably fails to live up to the fantasy I construct in my head during my years of anticipation. It’s better to stoically gird oneself for mild disappointment and remain grounded rather than get carried away with the excitement of the approaching day.

So after years of planning, today the big day finally came, and I am delighted to say, the Butter Museum in Cork, Ireland did not disappoint.

Did you know that in the first decade following the admittance of the Republic of Ireland as a full member to the European Union, the Irish produced “by far” the greatest surplus of butter available for export than any other state in the union? Well I sure as heck didn’t!

I do feel that their curation choices and presentation were heavily biased against margarine (I mean come on. I’m the first person to concede the relative health benefits of butter given the absence of the industrially hydrogenated oils used in the production of margarine, as emphasized in the museum’s 16-minute introductory film. But they were quick to dismiss margarine out of hand as a viable alternative, without even bothering to mention the superior shelf stability imparted by these synthetic trans fats. I’m just saying, I think the whole experience would’ve been more balanced had they at least given the margarine industry lobby equal time and an opportunity to respond to some of the more egregious one-sided charges leveled before a captive audience. I mean, we’re all adults here right? Just give us the information and let us decide.) This latter point did leave a bit of an unpleasant lingering aftertaste for me, kind of like when you allow your fermented Himalayan yak butter to remain in the clay fermenting pot a few weeks longer than recommended.

Speaking of which, there was a suspicious total absence of any mention at all of Himalayan yak butter anywhere in the entire museum. Not. One. Mention.

But notwithstanding these minor blemishes on an otherwise creamy smooth experience that my family and I will not soon forget, we give the Butter Museum an enthusiastic FIVE STARS!
Written September 5, 2022
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Just Desserts
67 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
We enjoyed browsing through this small museum on a side road in Cork. The exhibit contains churns, wrappers, and other equipment, as well as a history of the butter industry in Ireland. We found the video to be very interesting. It doesn't take very long to go through the museum but we enjoyed it. Children might be bored. We left the museum craving fresh bread with lots of butter!
Written January 23, 2022
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Tracey H
Dublin, Ireland3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
A really interesting museum, which takes in all the varied and fascinating aspects of Irish butter culture including material culture and the different styles of domestic churns used, the folklore surrounding churning, the history of bog butter and the historical economic importance of Irish butter in global trade. It's quite a niche museum but is really fascinating in how it shows the breadth of how butter relates to wider culture, history and economy. You could probably see it in an hour, and the variety of audio-visual displays, display-cabinets, panels and even an area where you can print your own butter labels would make it an interesting visit for all ages.
Written August 14, 2023
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Jim S.
Houston, TX69 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Definitely worth a visit. The exhibits will only take you about an hour - but will give you an interesting bit of Irish and Cork history. The museum is located in the old Butter Market buildings, from which butter was shipped to the entire British Empire.
Written July 24, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

filsfieryfurnace
London, UK88 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Lovely building, some interesting artefacts. Friendly, folksy butter demo - not much of a focus on facts, but a very personable 'docent'.

But how can a museum effectively telling the story of agriculture in this part of Ireland from the start of the nineteenth century, ignore the 'Great Famine'?

Particularly as one of the primary contributors to the famine was the fact that landowners/farmers carried on exposing 'cash crops' like butter out of SW Ireland throughout the 1840's?

This baffled me.

I wonder if the extremely corporate 'Kerrygold' introductory video which you are shown at entry points to the reason behind this...?
Written June 26, 2023
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Fran C
Fleet, UK1,099 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
I was intrigued by the Butter museum and took the time to visit. Its in the Shandon historic quaternary I stumbled up an alleyway which brought me up by the Shandon bells.

The card machine was not working and as I don't carry cash the lovely gentleman on the desk waived me through.

I had just missed the video and didn't want to hang around so took a wander through. Lots of interesting information to read and a few audio options to listen to. Not the best museum could be updated but it is interesting if you take the time to read it.

Given it was a free trip for me it was worth it maybe not for a whole family.
Written October 21, 2022
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Ruthie N
Lafayette, CA10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
This place could be totally easily overlooked, but I highly encourage a stop here. While one might think “a museum about butter?” there was a lot of Irish history included which we enjoyed. The docents were personable (ok, who isn’t in Ireland?) and there was also an informative film clip with photos through the years.

Anyone with any interest in marketing would be amazed at the early insight of the Irish Dairy Board. Truly remarkable for such a small country to have such control over a particular product on an international basis.
Written September 8, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ailbhe
Western Ireland, Ireland8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
Excellent video at the start of the tour, great displays of the different butter making equipment. Really enjoyed looking at the creamery labels, very cool.
Please leave my butter alone... An interesting way to finish the tour😉😂
Well worth the 45mins
Written September 27, 2020
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Sky T
Dublin, Ireland3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
The museum is small but was the highlight of our trip to Cork! The staff were friendly and I have a greater appreciation for butter now. Loved listening to the recordings of those involved with the butter business. Their postcards are also very cute and a unique souvenir.
Written July 19, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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