It's your heritage...pass it on.

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

  • Bloomsday - A Celebration of James Joyce

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    Jun 17, 2019, 7:00 PM

    Bloomsday is the annual celebration of James Joyce’s Ulysses, a novel set on June 16, 1904, to commemorate his first date with his future wife, Nora Barnacle.

  • Father Peyton and Mary the Mother of Jesus

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    Jun 19, 2019, 7:00 PM

    Laetitia F. Rhatigan STD (Doctor of Sacred Theology) with a specialization in Mariology, will discuss the special devotion Fr. Peyton had with Mary, the Mother of God and how his mission celebrated women and was first championed by them.

  • Musical Postcards from Irish Albany & Troy

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    Jun 20, 2019, 7:00 PM

    Toss the Feathers presents an evening of tunes, songs and stories recalling the work and culture of Irish people in the Capital Region.

  • Brian Conway & Pat Egan at the Irish American Heritage Museum

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    Jun 23, 2019, 7:30 PM

    A fantastic night of Irish music and talent. Suggested donation $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

  • Special Edition Irish Brew at Emporium

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    Jun 25, 2019, 7:00 PM

    We'll be releasing our Limited Edition Irish Red Ale. We've been researching about Irish brewing and found a growing crop of craft breweries. The cost for this event is $25. For that you get a flight that includes the first tasting of the Irish Red,…

  • The Road to Sainthood

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    Jun 26, 2019, 7:00 PM

    Join us as Fr. Leo Polselli, CSC, Chaplin at the Father Peyton Center, Easton MA will describe the path to Sainthood and the technical aspects of canonization and the miracles attributed to Fr. Peyton.