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

  • Frederick Douglass and Daniel O' Connell: Lecture to observe African-American History Month


    Feb 21, 2019, 7:00 PM

    In spring 1845, Douglass published his first book 'Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave.' The memoir stirred fresh hostilities. To avoid physical harm or being forcibly returned (by bounty-hungry "slave-catchers") to his bondage…

  • Ray O' Connor - Book Signing "She Called Him Raymond."


    Feb 28, 2019, 7:00 PM

    This captivating and poignant story of their struggles and romance, his exploits as a highly decorated B-17 pilot during World War II, and the tragedy that tears them apart, inspires while tugging at your heart. A screenplay adaptation of the book is in…

  • Irish Cultural Festival and Annual Soda Bread Competition


    Mar 9, 2019, 10:00 AM

    Come celebrate Ireland's rich cultural heritage with a full musical and literary program. The highlight of the day will be the 7th Annual Maureen Farrell McCarthy Soda Bread Competition. Entrance is strictly limited to amateur bakers and there are two…