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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

  • Repeat Screening of Black '47

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    Dec 10, 2018, 3:30 PM

    A must-see movie - the first ever written about the Great Hunger. In the old Western genre, the story follows a returned Irish solider who discovers the horrors that have befallen his family and who vows vengeance. Amazing cinematography in Connemara, the…

  • Dr. Karen Sonnenlitter's Irish Famine Book Launch

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    Dec 13, 2018, 7:00 PM

    Dr. Sonnelitter will discuss the most provocative and informative primary sources of the Great Hunger. Her book is a documentary history of some of the most important aspects of the administration and experiences of the people at that time. Copies of the…