Crawford Art Gallery, a National Cultural Institution and regional art museum for Munster, is dedicated to the visual arts, both historic and contemporary. Located in the heart of Cork City, beside the Opera House, the Gallery is a critical part of Ireland's cultural and tourism infrastructure, welcoming over 200,000 visitors a year.
The Gallery’s permanent collection comprises over 2,000 works, ranging from 18th century Irish and European paintings and sculptures, through to contemporary video installations.
One of the Gallery's focal points is a a collection of Greek and Roman sculpture casts, brought to Cork in 1818 from the Vatican Museum in Rome. Irish art, from the 19th and early 20th century, is another of the Gallery's main attractions. Visiting exhibitions, featuring the work of major and emerging artists, are frequently hosted.
Admission to the Gallery and to exhibitions is free.