The Glucksman is a contemporary art museum in the historic lower grounds of University College Cork. Named in honour of one of its founding donors, the American financier and philanthropist Lewis Glucksman, the building was opened by President Mary McAleese on 14 October 2004.
Designed by O'Donnell + Tuomey architects, the gallery has won numerous awards for its architecture and creative programmes. The Glucksman presents ambitious exhibitions of Irish and international art alongside a range of events and activities designed to encourage participation from all visitors, whether an art professional or first time gallery-goer.
As a place of creative connections between people and disciplines, the Glucksman provides an essential link for the University with the wider world, enabling public understanding of the visionary research undertaken in all four colleges, and welcoming students, staff and visitors to explore, enjoy and learn about art right in the heart of the UCC campus. In 2017, the Glucksman received 91,207 visits to the gallery with over 10,000 active participants in its education and events programme.
The Glucksman was the first museum in Munster to receive full accreditation on the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland and on 11 July 2017, the curatorial team received an award from Minister for the Arts in Dublin Castle for maintaining these standards across all areas of the museum's operations including Governance, Management, Collections, Documentation, Exhibitions, Education and Visitor Services.