Updated COVID-19 Policy

We recommend all visitors who are visiting the Museum during regular hours to wear a mask, fully covering your mouth and nose, and practice social distancing.

If you are attending an event such as a lecture or concert we require masks, because more people will be spending prolonged time together in an enclosed space.

We appreciate your cooperation with this policy.

Hours:  11am-4:00pm Wednesday-Friday; 12-4:00pm Saturday-Sunday

* Visitors are asked to sign in with your name and contact information
* Please practice social distancing at all times, staying 6 feet apart
* Visitors who feel ill or have a fever higher than 100.4 are asked to visit at a later date.

The Museum is taking extra safety and cleaning precautions and have decided not to install the new interactive exhibits at this time. 

Staff are using one-step disinfectant to disinfect all exhibits, railings and door handles throughout the day. Gift shop counters are cleaned repeatedly throughout the day. A deeper cleaning and sanitizing occurs each evening. Hand sanitizing stations are available to the public. Social distancing reminders are posted throughout the exhibit spaces, public areas, and at check-in. Guests are also asked to refrain from unnecessarily touching surfaces to help maintain a safe environment.

The policies in place follow the recommendation of the CDC and New York State Department of Health, and national museum standards and best practices to COVID-19. Museum staff look forward to welcoming visitors back, and ask for patience and respect as we all navigate the new policies and procedures in place to keep the health and safety of all the first priority.

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The Irish American Heritage Museum explores the contributions, history, and culture of Irish people in America; and fosters dialogue and exchange between America and Ireland today. By sharing our stories, we strive to create connections and community between all Americans, as we appreciate and study the universality of the immigrant story in American history.

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

  • Film Club: Dancing at Lughnasa

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    Aug 22, 2022, 6:00 PM

    Adapted from the 1990 Brian Friel play, Dancing at Lughnasa won an Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actor in a Female Role by Brid Brennan. It was also nominated for 6 other awards, including the Irish Film and Television Award for Best Feature…

  • Centenary Series: The Irish Civil War April-August 1922

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    Aug 23, 2022, 7:00 PM

    Our Centenary Series continues with Elizabeth Stack, PhD, with an in-depth look at the events of April to August 1922.

  • Shades of Ireland Tour September 2023 Information

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    Aug 30, 2022, 7:00 PM

    Please join Kevin Ferguson, Business Development Manager for Upstate New York for Collette, as they showcase the Irish American Heritage Museum's "Shades of Ireland" tour from September 6-15, 2023.