Cobh Museum, housed in the former Scots Presbyterian Church (built in 1854) has been open since 1973 and plays an important role in telling the story of the town of Cobh. Run by a team of volunteers, it is an unexpected delight to visit. A gem in Ireland’s Ancient East, it stands at the entrance to the town overlooking Cork Harbour. Many of the original church furnishings remain, forming a sympathetic background to the varied and changing exhibitions.
Come through the red door and prepare to be surprised. You will immediately be immersed in the history of Cobh (or Queenstown as it was once known). The town, always associated with ships and shipping, is shown through photographs and displays which also reveal its social and commercial history and its strategic role in the maritime and military history of Cork Harbour. Mementoes of the great liners, including the RMS Lusitania, sit alongside artefacts which will spark memories of childhood and the past. Look out for this year’s special exhibition!
A small souvenir shop, advice on genealogical research, a quiz for children and a warm welcome await you in Cobh Museum.
The social and commercial history of the town of three names Cove Queenstown Cobh sits happily beside the strong maritime traditions of the harbour forever linked with the story of Irish emigration. The themes of the exhibitions are varied. Trading Times sees the business and industries of Cobh wax and wane with the Irish and American navies playing their part. A Safe Anchorage highlights the role of the pilotage service in the harbour.
Our 2019 Exhibitions are as follows:
“Capture the Time”. Cobh family photos from 50’s and 60’s.
“Anchors Aweigh” American Navy in Queenstown in WW1
“The Scuttling of the Aud, 1916”
“Lusitania – A day in May”
Where to find us
Catering & Dining
|Monday-Saturday: 11am - 1.00pm & 2pm - 5.30pm (last admission 5.00pm)
|Sunday: 2.30pm - 5.30pm
|Winter Office Hours November - March 10.00am - 1.00pm & 2.00pm - 4.00pm