Covid 19 Notice

Dear Members and Friends,

The Museum, following guidance from the governor’s office in order to protect the health and safety of our visitors, our staff, and our community during the coronavirus epidemic, has decided to close to the public through March 31st, when we will re-evaluate.

We are especially disappointed that this closure is happening in March, and just as we opened in our new premises. These circumstances make it all the more vital that we keep the Museum strong. We will continue to update our Facebook page with posts and may even do some live broadcasts.

I think about the experience of our ancestors, as they left home and sought a new life in a new country. They must have been afraid, lonely, and overwhelmed at times, but they helped each other put down roots, and they thrived. As we deal with social distancing, and business closures, I am reminded that we are doing this to protect the vulnerable among us - that we are engaging in a communal act by separating ourselves. As historian Timothy J. Meagher wrote, "Can a people, can a nation, can a world, really, survive without some sense of our obligations, our loyalties to one another? Can we, or any society, take care of our old, succor the poor, or nourish our children without some sense of community?"

This St. Patrick's Day, Covid 19 is demanding we do something collectively for the greater good. So although we are not marching or gathering, I feel my Irish-ness in that act.

We appreciate your understanding and patience during this time and send our best wishes to you and your communities. We look forward to welcoming you all back to the Museum soon. Stay safe everyone.

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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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