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

  • An Evening with Irish Novelist Colm Tóibín


    Nov 29, 2022, 7:00 PM

    Acclaimed novelist, Colm Tóibín, will discuss his life as not only a writer and scholar but also an immigrant, and how that contributes to the themes of his work which deal with alienation, loss, suffering and injustice.

  • Irish American Civil War Songs with Catherine V. Bateson, PhD


    Dec 1, 2022, 5:30 PM

    Catherine V. Bateson’s Irish American Civil War Songs provides the first in-depth exploration of Irish Americans’ use of balladry to portray and comment on virtually every aspect of the war as witnessed by the Irish on the front line and home front.

  • IAHM Annual Christmas Market


    Dec 3, 2022, 10:30 AM

    Join us at Celtic Hall for our annual Christmas Market! Support your community and shop local.

  • The Civil War in Co. Kerry with Historian Owen O’Shea


    Dec 5, 2022, 6:00 PM

    Owen O’Shea, from Milltown, Co Kerry, is an author, historian and researcher with a passionate interest in the history of his own county in particular. He has been writing and researching history for many years and his main areas of interest include…

  • Tracing the Legacy of Great Hunger Trauma with Oonagh Walsh, PhD


    Dec 6, 2022, 5:30 PM

    Dr. Oonagh Walsh will discuss how Famine survivors’ trauma was potentially passed down to their descendants, leading to increased susceptibility to cardiovascular and mental illness. This is the sixth lecture in our Great Hunger series commemorating 175…

  • Q & A with Denis Mulcahy


    Dec 11, 2022, 2:00 PM

    This is the second film of The Brendan Fahy Bequette Filmmakers Series and it will include a screening of the extraordinary documentary, How to Defuse a Bomb: The Project Children Story, a powerful feature film that celebrates the unsullied hard work and…