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

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

  • Author Discussion: The House Children by Heidi Daniele


    Sep 25, 2019, 7:00 PM

    The House Children is based on the true stories of five women who grew up in the same institution - Saint Joseph's Industrial School in Ballinasloe, Galway.

  • Antietam Remembered: Survivors Tell of America's Bloodiest Day


    Sep 26, 2019, 7:00 PM

    Fought on September 17th, 1862, before the technology of television cameras and recordings allowed an event to be captured for posterity, it was up to those who fought there, seated years later at their kitchen table or library desk, to describe the event…

  • Film: Older Than Ireland


    Sep 30, 2019, 7:00 PM

    This landmark documentary tells a unique living history of Ireland - one seen through the eyes of 30 Irish centenarians.

  • Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfe Tones


    Oct 11, 2019, 7:00 PM

    The Irish American Heritage Museum, in partnership with the Capital District Irish American Association, is delighted to bring Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfe Tones to the Capital Region.