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Crawford Art Gallery is currently closed due to national restrictions

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Information re: COVID-19

Please click here for information regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Welcome to Crawford Art Gallery!

Crawford Art Gallery is currently closed due to national restrictions

As we re-open, the health and safety of our staff and visitors is our priority and the team at Crawford Art Gallery have worked tirelessly to ensure a welcoming, safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.

In response to Covid-19 and to support efforts to help reduce the spread of the virus we have implemented new protocols, procedures and guidelines.

For those of you who have previously visited or know the Gallery, you will experience some changes when you visit after 29 June as we have implemented a new visitor flow with signage and staff on hand to help with any questions or queries that you may have.

We have implemented a range of protocols that are in compliance with HSE and Government Guidelines that are reviewed on an ongoing basis and adjusted as necessary.

Take this opportunity to visit us, get away from it all, and explore our exhibitions, collections and award-winning Crawford Gallery Café and Garden Café. 

Please read the 'Before your visit' section below to ensure you enjoy your visit fully.

Before your visit

To limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we have introduced new protocols measures to ensure you can visit Crawford Art Gallery with confidence.


  • We have enhanced our cleaning procedures throughout the Gallery and in particular regular cleaning and sanitization of high touch areas.
  • Hand sanitiser is available throughout the building.

Entering the Gallery

  • Entry to the Gallery will be clearly signed and mapped to ensure that social distancing is maintained.
  • Crawford Art Gallery is free to enter and we are not currently using a booking system.
  • On entry hand sanitiser is available and also at various locations throughout the Gallery.

Getting around the Gallery

  • We currently have a one-way system in place and we ask that you follow this to ensure social distancing at all times.
  • Our staff are in place throughout the Gallery to help to make your visit as safe and comfortable as possible – we are here to help, please ask.
  • Some items such as reading materials and exhibition features have been removed or replaced with wall text and downloadable codes to reduce touch points as per Government guidelines.
  • We have a maximum capacity on the number of visitors per Gallery, staff are on hand to assist.

Social distancing and Queues

  • You are reminded by signage to ensure that you are socially distanced from others while in the Gallery.
  • We count all our guests and ensure that there are never too many people in the Gallery at any one time.
  • In the event that we reach capacity in the building, you may need to queue for a short time. Staff will assist and signage at waiting areas allows for social distancing.


  • Use of the lift/elevator will be limited to one person only (and a carer).
  • Hand santiser is provided at each floor outside the lift.

Face Coverings and PPE

  • The wearing of face coverings is mandatory while in an enclosed space as per the Government guidelines.
  • In compliance accordance with Government guidelines, you may see some of the Gallery team in full PPE gear if they are working together and cannot social distance. We hope that this will not impact on your visit.
  • The wearing of face coverings is now mandatory in indoor spaces as per Government guidelines and we ask that you adhere to these guidelines except for children under 12 or if you are unable to wear one for medical reasons


Please note the maximum number per bathroom is 2 people and therefore queueing at busy times may be necessary. A maximum number will be allowed to queue to ensure that we can implement social distancing. Apologies in advance for any inconvenience that this may cause.


Locker facilities are currently not available.


  • While the Gallery is closed due to national restrictions please feel free to browse our online shop for a wonderful selection of books, cards etc which can be posted to your door.
  • A screen has been erected for your safety and the safety of our staff.
  • Please use contactless payment if possible.


Click here for more information on the café.

Tours and Workshops

Our Tours and Workshops in the Gallery building will not take place while social distancing is required. Check out our online activities here for creative ideas and information on our collection!

A message to all visitors

As a guest of Crawford Art Gallery, we ask you to adhere to the Government guidelines:

  • We encourage your patience and support of vulnerable audiences.
  • Please stay at home to protect yourself and others if you have any of the symptoms of Covid-19.
  • Wash your hands frequently – or use hand sanitiser.
  • Cover your cough with a tissue or your sleeve. Wash your hands afterwards – or use hand sanitiser.
  • Ensure that you social distance from other visitors and gallery staff.  
  • Avoid contact greetings: handshakes, hugging and kissing.
  • In line with Government guidelines and for the health and safety of our staff and visitors we ask that you do not visit the Gallery if you have entered the country within the last 14 days. Thank you for your understanding.

We will continue to review and update our guidelines to ensure compliance in keeping with National and International best practice to ensure that we are compliant and provide a safe and trusted environment for you.

Mary Mc Carthy

Crawford Art Gallery is a national cultural institution located in a significant heritage building in the heart of Cork city dedicated to the visual arts, both historic and contemporary. 

The Gallery is home to a collection of national importance telling a compelling story of Cork and Ireland over the last three centuries. 

Open 7 days a week the Gallery is free to enter and a must-see for locals and tourists alike. Crawford Art Gallery’s historic building provides an oasis of calm and tranquillity in the heart of Cork city, a monument to Cork’s 'Golden Age’ and it recalls the ties between commercial success and the development of Cork city in the early eighteenth and nineteenth century. 

Originally built in 1724 as the city’s custom house, the Gallery is home to the famous Canova Casts, gifted to the city of Cork two centuries ago. Well-known and loved works by 20th century Irish artists such as Seán Keating, Harry Clarke, Norah McGuinness, Mainie Jellett and Jack B. Yeats feature in the gallery’s historic collection, while the modern collection features work by contemporary artists such as Eilis O’Connell, Gerard Byrne, Dorothy Cross, Maud Cotter and Hughie O’Donoghue.

Welcoming over a quarter of a million visitors the Gallery boasts an award-winning Café in stunning surroundings, serving fresh local produce for which Cork is famous.

Watercolour Room
Closure ongoing.

Parking is available at Paul St. Car Park which is around the corner, or at Carroll's Quay Car Park which is a 5 minute walk across the Christy Ring bridge.

Carroll's Quay car park website.

The Crawford Gallery is a 10 minute walk from Parnell Place Bus Station.

The Gallery is a 15 minute walk from Cork's Kent Station.

T +353 (0)21 480 5042

T +353 (0)21 480 5042

To contact a member of staff directly,
please see our Contact Us page

Gallery Floorplans
Download a Floorplan of the Gallery here. (PDF 613 kb)

Visitor Policy

Emmet Place, Cork, Ireland
T12 TNE6
Tel: 021 480 5042

General Opening Hours
N.B. Last entry is 16:45

Monday–Saturday 10.00am–5.00pm
(2nd floor closes at 4:45 pm)
Late opening Thursdays until 8.00 pm
(2nd floor will remain open until 7:45 m on Thursdays commencing 19 March)

Sundays and Bank Holidays
Gallery: 11 am4 pm
Café: 11 am4 pm

Crawford Gallery Café
Tuesday to Saturday 8.30am - 4:00pm
Crawford Garden Café
Tuesday to Saturday 10:00am - 3:00pm
(weather permitting!)

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