Michael Collins House
10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 17:00
Thursday
10:00 - 17:00
Friday
10:00 - 17:00
Saturday
10:00 - 17:00
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Michael Collins House is a History Museum in Clonakilty, Cork dedicated to Irish revolutionary hero, Michael Collins. Learn about the 'Big Fella' himself and his life story entwined with the history of the fight for Irish independence. Discover the local patriots who went before Collins and dedicated their lives to an independent Ireland, influencing the path which Collins would later take. Through guided tours, interactive displays, audio visuals, artefacts and information boards Irish history is brought to life and presented in an easy to understand and personal manner, suitable for all the family.
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MTB100
London, UK34 contributions
Nov 2022
Out of the tourist season we had the museum to ourselves on a rainy weekday afternoon, so it made the experience that bit more special.
It's small enough to get around in c. an hour and the information is provided in an interesting and digestible format so we left feeling we had been well educated about Michael Collins and the key role he played in the Irish War of Independence.
The gentleman on duty in reception was also super helpful.
Definitely worth a visit.
Written 20 November 2022
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Eilish M
Derry, UK18 contributions
Sep 2022 • Friends
Amazing story of one of Ireland’s greatest hero’s. Very moving story. This along with a visit to Bealnabla are a must do if you ate ever down in this part of Ireland!!
Written 26 September 2022
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BerthaFitz
Killarney, Ireland54 contributions
Sep 2022 • Solo
Michael Collins House really brings life to the story of the man himself and those turbulent times in Irish History.

The combination of exhibition items, short films , letters , on display in this beautiful Georgian House , in the elegant Square where Collins lived as a young boy , works really well.
The people who influenced him as a young boy /man are well portrayed . Apart from his immediate family , Tadhg An Asna O Donovan , and O Donovan Rossa, really come to life, too. A beautiful Christening Dress worn by O Donovan Rossa s children and successive generations of his and his wife, Mary Jane Irwin , is particularly striking.
Also , very poignant were the many quotations from his letters:
‘After you have seated , toiled , had mad dreams …’
and the many portraits of Collins, I especially liked Leo Whelan s .
Finally the last photo taken of Collins, only an hour /two before he died and the many beautiful personal items that belonged to his fiancé , Kitty Kirwan .
I left with a renewed sense of the huge loss he was to Ireland as well as to Kitty Kirwan and his own family.
Written 6 September 2022
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Corknitpicker
5 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Loads of panels containing biographical information on Collins. Small museum and not really much to see if you already have some knowledge of Collins and the revolutionary period. The Michael Collins centre outside Clonakilty offers a superior experience.
Written 5 September 2022
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TR
2 contributions
Aug 2022
Well sign posted and easy to park in surrounding streets. Reception staff very welcoming , friendly and informative. The audio visual presentation and displays were very informative and interesting to sit and watch and to look at at our own pace. Lots of interesting exhibits. Everyone involved with the museum were most helpful and willing to answer any quesions. In particualr the gentleman on the reception who was able to answer our query on parking which we really appreciated as we know the difficulties we have when parking in our home city of Oxford. As this was our first brief trip to West Cork we will be more than happy to revisit and would definitely come back to the museum as well as recommending any friends, family and visitors to the area to come and visit too.
Written 30 August 2022
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Ciarrigal
Dublin, Ireland78 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
Beautiful museum packed full of artifacts and details of Michael Collins life and part in irish war of independence and civil War. The videos are so well presented and appeal to young and old. Staff are welcoming and knowledgeable.
Would highly recommend even for those with little knowledge of irish history
Written 27 July 2022
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SaraJohnstone
Ayr, UK152 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
It's a small museum but it's got so much information and presented beautifully. The staff were lovely and helpful. My two children were interested in the interactive bits of the house. Fantastic for anyone interested in learning more about Michael Collins and Irish history.
Written 3 April 2022
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Bridget H
Nairobi, Kenya9 contributions
Jul 2021
This is an excellent museum and well worth visiting. The exhibits are fascinating and beautifully presented. Some of our group had mobility challenges and the staff were very kind and helpful. We will definitely be back.
Written 2 August 2021
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland8,584 contributions
Jul 2021 • Solo
The Michael Collins Museum in Clonakilty really is excellent and well worth a visit.
It's a fascinating place with very well informed and helpful staff.
It's important to book ahead as numbers are limited during these pesky Covid times.
For €5 it offers outstanding value. There are a couple of excellent Audio Visual displays and the sections on the Beal na Blath ambush that led to the death of General Collins is especially poignant and heartbreaking.
Obviously the Museum centres on Collins but there are excellent exhibits on O'Donovan-Rossa and other rebels too as well as a great section on the United Irishhmen and other earlier Fenians.
Great memorabilia, photos and curios and overall a superb Museum.
Written 6 July 2021
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Denise G
16 contributions
Sep 2020 • Friends
A beautiful museum, well presented and informative. A lovely place telling the story of The Big Frlla
Highly recommend.
Written 24 September 2020
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  • Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00