Cork Public Museum
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Fitzgerald Park, Mardyke, Cork City, Republic of Ireland
The collections at Cork Public Museum, in Fitzgerald Park, Cork City, cover the economic, social and municipal history of the city and surrounding area from the Mesolithic period onwards.
Cork Public Museum is housed in a two storey Georgian house commanding a central position in Fitzgerald Park, Cork. Flanked by University College Cork on one side and the riverside gardens of Sunday’s Well on the other, the park bestows a sense of history that complements the ambience of the museum perfectly. The Riverview Café, recently opened in the museum’s extension, fully exploits the commanding views of the River Lee and provides the visitor with a tranquil haven to enjoy a coffee and a snack.
The collections of Cork Public Museum are as rich and diverse as the history of the city itself. They cover the economic, social and municipal history of the city and surrounding area from the Mesolithic period onwards, with particular emphasis on Civic Regalia and the trades and crafts of the 19th and 20th Centuries.
The museum is particularly proud of the archaeological collection that features some of the most important archaeological finds from this region. Among them is Ireland’s oldest pick and shovel, discovered in a Bronze Age copper mine in Mount Gabriel, the Iron Age Cork Helmet Horns and the Garryduff Gold Bird, a triumph of early Medieval skill and craftsmanship.