The Museum tells the story of Cornish miners who were drafted in to work the Allihies mines in the 1800s.

The Museum tells the story of Cornish miners who were drafted in to work the mines in the 1800s, and the technologies they employed. Machines, powered by steam and water are depicted in detail, along with pumping equipment and the ‘Man Engine’ that carried the miners into the mines.

In the mid-nineties a group of Allihies residents came together to discuss how they might preserve and present the local copper mining heritage of this unique area. The idea of Allihies Copper Mine Museum (ACMM) was born and hard work and dedication on the part of the local community brought it to fruition.
The café / gallery has since been developed and an outdoor seating area added. A small shop counter was added to accompany the museum. Forays have been made into areas like marketing the museum and education activities for young visitors. Every season sees new ideas for the museum conceived and carried through, making ACMM a dynamic organisation, yet still close to its community-driven roots.

  • Cornish community exhibition
  • Allihies miners who left to work in Butte, Montana exhibition
  • Technologies employed by the miners
  • Learn about the ‘Man Engine’ that carried the miners into the mines

Opening Times:

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Admission Rates Apply

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Useful Information

Parking, café, and art gallery on site

Getting There

Allihies Copper Mine Museum liest at the foot of the village of Allihies at the end of the beautiful Beara peninsula.

Map Location: 51.639022, -10.045710
Contact Allihies Copper Mine Museum

Allihies Village, Beara Peninsula, West Cork, Co. Cork, Ireland

T: +353 (0)27 73218
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