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

  • The Irish Bridget with Dr. Margaret Lynch Brennan

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    Jan 30, 2023, 7:00 PM

    To celebrate St. Brigid's Day, Dr. Margaret Lynch-Brennan will discuss her popular study of Irish immigrant girls who worked as maids in the United States.

  • St. Brigid's Day at the Museum

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    Feb 1, 2023, 7:00 PM

    Marisa is the host of the KnotWork Storytelling podcast, a show dedicated to sharing the mythology and folklore of Ireland. She will share stories of Brigid and invite you on a journey into your own imagination to meet the goddess, the saint, the…

  • St. Brigid's Celebration Concert with Triskele

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    Feb 4, 2023, 7:00 PM

    We are celebrating Saint Brigid, the Matron Saint of Ireland, at the museum with the Capital Region’s premiere all-woman Irish Band, Triskele!