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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 Easter Monday, March 28th, 2016
with two new exhibitions

Dancing Feet

An exhibition on the development of Irish Dance.

Dancing Feet

An exhibition on the history and development of Irish Dance in collaboration with Dr. John Cullinane.
Author/International Adjudicator, Dr. John Cullinane has written extensively on the subject of Irish Dancing. Items from Dr. John Cullinane's archive in U.C.C will be on display throughout the season in Cobh.

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The Scuttling of the AUD 1916

This exhibition, in collaboration with Mr. Jim Shealy, B.A. (Hons) will explore this event which took place in Cork Harbour. On display as part of Cobh Museum's 1916 Commemorative Exhibitions will be a rifle and cartridges from the Aud.
Cobh Museum overlooks the harbour where the gunrunning ship "Aud", was scuttled on April 22nd 1916.

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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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Queenstown in 1915

Although the First World War was in progress and emigrant traffic had decreased significantly there were still travellers passing through Queenstown. British war ships and trawlers anchored in the harbour and there was increased employment in Haulbowline Dockyard.

The railway and the steamboats ferrying local traffic within the harbour were essential to the commercial life of the town.

This section of the exhibition gives glimpses of the Queenstown of 1915 through photographs and artefacts associated with the day to day life of the town.

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A small exhibition explores the links between Cunard and Queenstown/Cobh in the days of the big liners.

The section 'A Merchant Fleet at War' commemorates the many Cunard ships lost in World War I, including the RMS Lusitania and celebrates the resurgence of the Cunard Company in the immediate aftermath of the war.

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Museum Opening Hours

11am - 1pm & 2pm - 5.30pm

(last admission 5.00pm)

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

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View of Cobh / Queenstown from the water

View of Cobh/Queenstown from water

The Museum is located just off the lefthand border of the photo - at the end of the main street and up a gentle hill.

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