Updated COVID-19 Policy

If you are attending an event such as a lecture or concert we recommend 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-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 is a 501(c)3 nonprofit created by the New York State Legislature in 1986 and permanently chartered by the Board of Regents of New York as an educational institution in 1992. We explore 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 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

  • Eviction and the Irish Great Hunger

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    Oct 5, 2022, 6:00 PM

    This talk is the third in our new Great Hunger series to commemorate the 175th Anniversary of Black '47

  • Stage Reading of James Connolly: The Musical

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    Oct 6, 2022, 7:00 PM

    Join us at the Michael Flanagan Irish Music Heritage Theater in the museum for a reading and songs from an original musical by Denis Foley and A. Cara sung by John Rodier. Scores by Sean Obach and Will Welling and a tune by Connolly himself.

  • Briege Murphy Live in Concert

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    Oct 8, 2022, 3:00 PM

    We are absolutely delighted to welcome back singer/songwriter, Briege Murphy, from Forkhill, Co. Armagh in Northern Ireland after her fantastic performance in 2018!

  • Film Club: Hunger

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    Oct 11, 2022, 6:00 PM

    With Hunger, British filmmaker and artist Steve McQueen has turned one of history’s most controversial acts of political defiance into a jarring, unforgettable cinematic experience.

  • The Witches of Islandmagee with Andrew Sneddon, PhD.

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    Oct 14, 2022, 5:30 PM

    In 1711, in County Antrim, eight women were put on trial accused of orchestrating the demonic possession of young Mary Dunbar, and the haunting and supernatural murder of a local clergyman’s wife. Andrew Sneddon, PhD. researches Irish witchcraft, magic and…

  • John McCormack: The Voice That Calls Across the Years

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    Oct 18, 2022, 7:00 PM

    A musical and visual journey through the life of John McCormack, the celebrated Irish tenor with an illustrious career spanning decades.