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

  • Larry Kirwan – Paradise Square


    May 26, 2022, 7:00 PM

    Larry Kirwan is an expatriate Irish writer and musician, most noted as the lead singer for the US rock band, Black 47. He conceived the musical, wrote music for it, and co-wrote the book for Paradise Square.

  • American Parcels Project - Invitation to Participate


    May 30, 2022, 12:00 PM

    Dr. Eleanor O’Leary will be at the Irish American Museum in June with a project on the parcels sent from America to Ireland in the 20th century. Group and individual interviews can be facilitated between 30 May and 3 June 2022 at the Museum.

  • Film Club: After the Dance - A Repeat Screening


    May 31, 2022, 3:00 PM

    After the Dance is a deeply personal film, by award-winning documentary maker Daisy Asquith.

  • Trip to NYC for Larry Kirwan's Broadway Musical Paradise Square


    Jun 8, 2022, 8:00 AM

    Join the Irish American Heritage Museum for a trip to the Barrymore Theatre in New York City on Wednesday, June 8th, to see Paradise Square, a musical written by Larry Kirwan, Craig Lucas and Christina Anderson. We will be boarding a Yankee Trails bus at…