About Us


The Glucksman Gallery is a cultural and educational institution that promotes the research, creation and exploration of the visual arts. The Glucksman is a purpose-built museum on the campus of University College Cork, Ireland that comprises over 2000m² and includes display spaces with international curatorial standard environmental controls, lecture facilities, a gift shop and a riverside restaurant.


The Glucksman was opened by Mary McAleese, President of Ireland, on 14 October 2004. The museum is named in honour of Dr Lewis Glucksman who was a successful investment banker and renowned philanthropist. Together with his wife, Dr. Loretta Brennan Glucksman, he generously supported cultural and educational projects in Ireland and the US. Dr. Loretta Brennan Glucksman is currently the Honorary Patron of the gallery.


The Glucksman was designed by Irish architects, O’Donnell + Tuomey. The gallery has won numerous awards including RIAI Best Public Building, a UK Civic Trust award, a RIBA award, the shortlist for the Stirling Prize as well as being named as one of the 1001 buildings to see before you die. “The building sits in a key position close to the entrance of University College Cork. On two sides it has a civic role in addressing the university and city beyond, on the other two a completely different, almost picturesque role, in settling into an important mature landscape. That the building handles this difficult tension with apparent ease is the first mark of the incredible skill that the architects have brought to it” RIBA Judges statement


The Glucksman presents three artistic seasons each year. Each season presents new exhibitions, events and education programmes to engage visitors of diverse interests and experience. The Glucksman's artistic mission is to explore all aspects of visual culture and present a range of innovative and intellectually stimulating displays. The exhibitions concentrate on contemporary art as it relates to the ideas and research of UCC scholars. The Glucksman provides an extensive education programme for anyone interested in learning more about the visual arts, whether you are a first-time gallery goer or art expert. Artists’ talks, seminars, curatorial tours, screenings, live music, art workshops and family events regularly take place in the museum. You can find out more about what’s currently on offer on our website www.glucksman.org and in our seasonal brochure available online and in the museum.


The Glucksman gift shop offer a wide range of carefully selected products for all ages. A destination not to be missed for unique gifts supporting local craft makers and designers, educational games and toys, cards and books.In its Strategic Plan, the Glucksman has identified Climate Action and Sustainability as a priority strand for the museum’s education and community programme. In line with this, the Glucksman shop aims to supply eco friendly products of good quality at an affordable price.


Opening times

10am – 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday
2pm - 5pm Sunday 

Closed Monday

Admission Free / Suggested donation €5

Download our visitor guide here.

On occasion, the gallery is closed to the public for private events or for installation of exhibitions. Please contact the information desk at +353 21 4901844 / [email protected] or follow our social media accounts on twitter and facebook for up-to-date information.

The Glucksman aims to make its programmes and facilities accessible to all. Please contact us in advance of your visit if you have a specific query about access to the museum. Large groups or groups with special requirements are requested to call +353 21 4901844 or email [email protected] to ensure we can accommodate your visit and provide you with the information you need to have an enjoyable experience with us.

Only guide dogs for the blind, service dogs for people with disabilities or working dogs in training are allowed inside the museum.

The museum is wheelchair accessible and our lift can accommodate large groups of wheelchairs and pushchairs. There are accessible toilets at the Cafe level and at Gallery 1 level. You can download a UCC Campus Map of accessible parking and WC locations here.

The Glucksman is located on the campus of University College Cork, Ireland and open to the public year round. The gallery is situated in the University's picturesque lower grounds, accessible to pedestrians from the ceremonial gates at the corner of Western Road and O'Donovan's Road. You will find us on the right walking up the main avenue.


Getting Here

The gallery is a 10 minute walk from the city centre, along Western Road. The gallery and the university are served by the No. 205 and no. 208 bus route, stop at UCC.

Pedestrians can enter UCC Campus through the Main Ceremonial Gates at the corner of Western Road and O'Donovan's Road and the gallery is on the right walking up the main avenue.

Public Parking
There is public parking for visitors to the Glucksman and UCC at Perrots Inch car park. Drive along Western Road past UCC Ceremonial Gates on the left, and continuing along until traffic lights. Turn left at traffic lights and take first left into car park. The gallery is a short walk along the river from the car park. There is also disc parking along the Mardyke, O'Donovans Road and College Road.

Get directions to the gallery on Google Maps.

Contact Us
The Glucksman, University College Cork, Ireland
T: + 353 21 4901844
E: [email protected]