Updated COVID-19 Policy

We recommend 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 masks, 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 explores the contributions, history, and culture of Irish people in America; and fosters dialogue and exchange between America and Ireland today. By sharing our stories, we strive to create connections and community between all Americans, as we appreciate and study the universality of the immigrant story in American history.

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

  • Draíocht


    Jul 10, 2022, 5:00 PM

    Together as Draíocht, Michael Rooney and June McCormack have recorded three CDs: ‘Draíocht’ and ‘Land’s End’ and their third studio album ‘Tobar an Cheoil’, will be launched July 10th with a live performance at the Irish American Heritage Museum. With over…

  • Mick Moloney & Lenwood Sloan: Two Roads Diverged


    Jul 13, 2022, 7:00 PM

    Moloney and Sloan analyze the fractured alliances of post war Black and Irish communities as they challenge each other for land, jobs, and status. They demonstrate the collision of African and Irish cultures as they encounter each other on the American…

  • Film Club: Ulysses


    Jul 19, 2022, 6:00 PM

    Join us for the 1967 film adaptation of James Joyce's famous novel Ulysses. Directed by Joseph Strick, starring Barbara Jefford & Milo O'Shea; this is the first time Joyce's novel was brought to screen and was nominated for an Oscar.

  • Live Music from Brian Conway & Conor Hearn


    Jul 22, 2022, 7:00 PM

    Live performance at the museum from traditional Sligo-style fiddler, Brian Conway, accompanied by guitarist, Conor Hearn.

  • The 23rd Annual Joseph J. Dolan Jr. Mostly Irish Classic


    Aug 1, 2022, 11:00 AM

    Annual golf tournament at Schuyler Meadows Club

  • Celtic Cruise on the Dutch Apple


    Aug 9, 2022, 6:45 PM

    Join us with the Albany St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee for a fundraising event on the Dutch Apple Cruise!