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Irish American Museum

Cognizant of the need to preserve and better understand the contributions of Irish culture and heritage to American society, the Irish American Heritage Museum seeks through appropriate programs, activities, projects, and resources to enhance, highlight, and extend Irish American history and culture to an ever wider audience in America.

It is hoped that these varied activities of the Museum will educate Irish Americans concerning their contributions to the culture and history of the United States. The Museum will equally strive to enlighten other Americans about the singular influence of Irish Americans upon the development of American political and social institutions.

The exhibitions include:

  • "Great Hunger" commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Irish Potato Famine. The "Great Hunger" exhibit commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the famine in Ireland that led to the death and displacement of millions of Irish. This exhibit provides an historically accurate and candid portrayal of the causes and consequences of this great tragedy in Irish History.
  • "Corporate Irish" focuses on the Irish and Irish Americans who made contributions to the corporate world.
  • "Home for the Heart" story of 150 years of Irish Immigration to the United States This story of 150 years of Irish Immigration is a historically accurate and sensitive portrayal of the struggles and successes of Irish Immigrants to America from the 17th century to the present.
  • "Dublin '63' images" Dublin Then and Now is a panel exhibit utilizing Marvin Koner’s black and white photos to show life on the docks and in the inner city of Dublin in 1963. The exhibit concludes with images from forty years later, in 2003, that shows the drastic economic and social changes that has taken place in the capital of Ireland.
  • "Irish and Labor" highlights the contributions of the Irish and Irish-Americans to the labor movement in the United States.
  • "American Presidents of Irish Descent' biographies of 19 Presidents with Irish roots" Presidential Portraits: American Presidents of Irish Descent" is a photographic and bibliographic journey of the 19 American Presidents claiming Irish descent.
  • "Fire upon the Hearth: A Celebration of Irish Women in America" The Celebration of Irish-American Women" outlines the major contributions of Irish and Irish-American Women to America.
  • "The Irish in Religion: The Contribution of the Indigenous Orders of Ireland."This exhibit focuses on the origins and contributions of Religious Orders that were founded in Ireland and traveled to America.

Visiting the Museum

HOURS:
Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day Weekend on Wednesday through Sunday from Noon - 4:PM.

Specifics on visiting the Empire State Plaza were correct at time of publication. We would suggest that you confirm dates and times prior to your visit.
 
 
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