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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

  • Colin Broderick and The Writing Irish of New York


    Jan 18, 2019, 7:00 PM

    Remembering your roots is important and if you are of Irish descent, The Writing Irish of New York will make you proud to be Irish. This book reminds us of how many incredible authors have come out of Ireland over 100 years. It also showcases a new group…

  • Panel Discussion to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Dail Eireann


    Jan 22, 2019, 7:00 PM

    Dr. Elizabeth Stack, Assemblymember Patricia Fahy, and Assemblymember Jack McEneny will discuss the 1918 election which catapulted Sinn Fein to prominence, culminating in the party refusing to take their seats in Westminster and instead forming the first…

  • Yankee Distillery - Taste and Traditions!


    Jan 24, 2019, 7:00 PM

    We will walk you through the step-by-step process from grain to bottle of the spirits produced including our whiskey, rum and vodka, including details about some of the techniques and traditions that immigrants brought with them! The event will conclude…

  • The Irish Maid in America: Was Bridget's Experience Unique? A presentation by Margaret Lynch-Brennan, Ph.D.


    Jan 31, 2019, 7:00 PM

    Who was Bridget? How did the Irish girl's experience compare with that of German, Scandinavian and African-American maids and nannies in 19th and early 20th century America? How does it compare with the experience of Japanese, Latina, Chicana, West Indian…