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Cobh Museum is situated overlooking Cork Harbour. The exhibitions reflect the cultural, social and maritime history of Cobh and the Great Island. Formerly known as Queenstown, Cobh has a long maritime history and is known throughout the world for its association with emigration and was the last port of call for the RMS Titanic. The Museum holds the last written record for the RMS Titanic in the Pilot's Log book.

Having a large natural harbour, Queenstown was the perfect location for a British Naval base. One of the biggest historical impacts on the town happened in 1915 when RMS Lusitania was torpedoed off the Old Head of Kinsale about 20 miles from Queenstown. Many of the survivors and victims were brought to Queenstown. The people of the the town rose to the huge challenge of rescue, comforting the shocked and injured survivors, and identifying, repatriating and burying the dead. The ancient, Old Church Cemetery in Cobh became the final resting place for 169 of the souls who perished in the sinking of RMS Lusitania. The Museum is keeper of objects related to this significant event.

There is a small genealogical reference section in the museum where visitors can do their own family research.

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Cobh Museum reopens on April 1st, 2015 with a new exhibition

Lusitania - A Day In May

Lusitania Painting - Copyright CSG CIC Glasgow Museums and Libraries Collections

On the 1st of May 1915, the Cunard steamship, RMS Lusitania left New York bound for Liverpool. Unknown to all, the destination of many on board would be Queenstown, Co. Cork, Ireland.
The tragedy which ensued when the RMS Lusitania was struck by a torpedo from a German submarine on May 7th off the Old Head of Kinsale, Co. Cork, left an indelible mark on the town of Queenstown [Cobh].
The search, rescue and burial operations were coordinated from the town of Queenstown in Cork Harbour which at that time was a British Naval Admiralty base.

This exhibition explores the impact of the sinking of the Lusitania on the people and town of Queenstown [Cobh] 100 years ago this year.

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Museum Opening Hours

Monday-Saturday:
11am - 1pm & 2pm - 5.30pm

(last admission 5.00pm)

Sunday:
2.30pm - 5.30pm

Admission Charges:

Adult 4.00
Student/Senior 2.50
Child 2.00
Family 10.00


Please email or phone us for group rates.


Telephone: + 353 21 4814240
email: cobhmuseum1@gmail.com

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Cork Harbour from Spy Hill ~ Stopford

Cork Harbour from Spy Hill by Stopford

The viewpoint is just above where the museum is sited.

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