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

The Museum is unique in America, where almost 36 million individuals claim Irish ancestry. 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, especially by school groups, to our exhibits, our Paul O’Dwyer Library, lectures, presentations, film screenings, book signings and other special programs.

The Museum was an integral force in requiring 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.

The Irish American Heritage Museum is a permanently chartered 501(c)3 non-profit with an educational mission: To preserve and tell the story of the contributions of the Irish people and their culture in America, inspiring individuals to examine the importance of their own heritage as part of the American cultural mosaic.

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  • Women of Influence: Honorary Alumnae of Russell Sage College

    October 18, 2017

    Dr. Kathleen Donnelly, retired professor of Chemestry at Russell Sage College, will take the audience on the journey through the amazing women and their contributions that have been honored by Russell Sage College throughout its storied history.

  • Mapping the Canal: David Vaughan and the Erie Canal

    October 26, 2017

    Many of us know the story of the Irish laborers on the Erie Canal, but, as our current exhibit tells, the Irish story does not end there.

  • 2017 Governor Hugh L. Carey Gala

    November 3, 2017

    On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Irish American Heritage Museum, we invite you to join us for the Annual Governor Hugh L. Carey Awards Gala, November 3rd, at 6 PM at The Desmond. We are honoring two of Irish America’s most respected and generous community leaders: CSEA President & AFL-CIO/AFSCME International Vice President Danny Donohue and Retired NYS Assemblymember & Albany Historian Jack McEneny. The Museum will also be recognizing Governor Carey’s Tax Commissioner, James Tully

  • The Kennedy​ ​Legacy: Redefining American Style

    November 18, 2017

    John Fitzgerald and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy left an indelible mark on American history.

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