Updated COVID-19 Policy

We require all visitors who are visiting the Museum during regular hours to wear a mask, fully covering your mouth and nose, and practice social distancing.

If you are attending an event such as a lecture or concert we require proof of vaccination, because more people will be spending prolonged time together in an enclosed space.

We appreciate your cooperation with this policy.

Hours:  11am-4:00pm Wednesday-Friday; 12-4:00pm Saturday-Sunday

* Visitors are asked to sign in with your name and contact information
* Please practice social distancing at all times, staying 6 feet apart
* Visitors who feel ill or have a fever higher than 100.4 are asked to visit at a later date.

The Museum is taking extra safety and cleaning precautions and have decided not to install the new interactive exhibits at this time. 

Staff are using one-step disinfectant to disinfect all exhibits, railings and door handles throughout the day. Gift shop counters are cleaned repeatedly throughout the day. A deeper cleaning and sanitizing occurs each evening. Hand sanitizing stations are available to the public. Social distancing reminders are posted throughout the exhibit spaces, public areas, and at check-in. Guests are also asked to refrain from unnecessarily touching surfaces to help maintain a safe environment.

The policies in place follow the recommendation of the CDC and New York State Department of Health, and national museum standards and best practices to COVID-19. Museum staff look forward to welcoming visitors back, and ask for patience and respect as we all navigate the new policies and procedures in place to keep the health and safety of all the first priority.


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The Irish American Heritage Museum is a permanently chartered 501(c)3 non-profit with an educational mission. It is committed to the basic tenet that preserving one’s heritage is vital to providing a cultural and historical foundation to future generations of Americans.

Our museum in Albany, New York, provides year-round access to our exhibits, our Paul O’Dwyer Library, lectures, presentations, film screenings, book signings and other special programs and events.

The Museum was an integral force in providing instruction in New York State’s public schools about the Irish Famine of 1845-1853.  Further, we are the first Museum of its kind here in America to have exhibited at the National Library in Dublin.

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Upcoming Events

  • MacDara Ó Conaola


    Jan 26, 2022, 7:00 PM

    MacDara Ó Conaola, a singer and seanchai from the Aran Islands, will perform in conjunction with our Currach exhibition, bringing the history to life through traditional stories and songs.

  • Film Screening: Bloody Sunday


    Jan 31, 2022, 6:30 PM

    Join us for for the return of Film Club with a screening of Paul Greengrass's film Bloody Sunday, from 2002. Starring James Nesbitt, the film tells the story of the 1972 "Bloody Sunday" shootings in Derry. January 30 marks the 50th anniversary of the…

  • Opium Slavery - The Civil War, Veterans, and America’s First Opioid Crisis, with Dr. Jonathan Jones


    Feb 8, 2022, 7:00 PM

    This book uncovers the hidden history of an opioid addiction epidemic that plagued veterans in aftermath of the Civil War – America’s first opioid crisis. Employing gender, social, and medical history, Jones investigates the causes and tragic consequences…

  • The Great Albany Fire of 1848, with Jack McEneny and Tony Opalka


    Feb 16, 2022, 7:00 PM

    The next installment of our Collars, Canals & Conflagration Series sees City of Albany historian Anthony Opalka and former Assembly member Jack McEneny discuss the great Albany Fire of 1848. At the time of The Great Fire, Albany had an all-volunteer…

  • Triggering the Protocol: Brexit and Northern Ireland, with Dr. Richard Aldous and Dr. Peter Moloney


    Feb 23, 2022, 7:00 PM

    Join Dr. Richard Aldous and Dr. Peter Moloney as they discuss Brexit, British politics, and the implications of the “Protocol” for Northern Ireland and the Good Friday Agreement. A Brexit deal known as the Northern Ireland Protocol allows trucks to deliver…

  • Triskele Virtual Concert


    Feb 26, 2022, 7:00 PM

    Join us for a virtual concert with Triskele, celebrating the both St. Brigid and St. Patrick, the matron and patron saints of Ireland. St. Brigid's Day is held on February 1 and St. Patrick's Day is March 17.