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Ireland's Great Hunger Museum

3011 Whitney Ave, Hamden, CT 06518-2326
+1 203-582-6500
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Excellent exhibits and storytelling

This small museum does an excellent job of telling the story of the Irish Potato Famine. The... read more

Reviewed 9 July 2018
MuseumMom57
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Hamden, Connecticut
Its Hard to Believe - BUT TRUE

Last Fall, I took my very Irish wife to see this. It is hard to believe that one English Speaking... read more

Reviewed 18 June 2018
OldeBear
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Hamden, Connecticut
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3011 Whitney Ave, Hamden, CT 06518-2326
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Reviewed 9 July 2018

This small museum does an excellent job of telling the story of the Irish Potato Famine. The visitor experience includes an introductiory film, and then leads you through the exhibit. The renovation of this old home is lovely as well.

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Reviewed 18 June 2018

Last Fall, I took my very Irish wife to see this. It is hard to believe that one English Speaking nation could do this to the other. Not for the faint of heart. Regards, OldeBear

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Reviewed 25 April 2018

The outstanding object in the Museum was the heartrending painting of the Trial of a Horse Thief before his execution. His young son sits behind him, which makes one even sadder and one can tell from the faces around the accused that the outcome is...More

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Reviewed 10 February 2018

For some reason I resisted going to this museum for several years because it sounded depressing. When I finally went I was surprised to become really involved with the sad story told here. Don't miss the short film to begin your visit - it tells...More

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Reviewed 22 December 2017

This small but hugely graced museum tells the poignant and devastating story of the Irish famine. You will be touched by what you see and read. It helps us honor those souls lost to starvation.

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Reviewed 29 July 2017

The Ireland's Great Hunger Museum can be observed as a art museum or a history museum It relates the story of the Great Hunger is paintings and sculpture. The pain of and suffering comes through clearly in the faces and famished bodies of the sculptures....More

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Reviewed 24 June 2017

It's a small museum on the campus of Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT that tells the story of Ireland's "potato famine" in the mid-1800's. Learning the story of that helps to develop an understanding of why so many people died from hunger; it also helps...More

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Reviewed 23 May 2017

The museum is quite small but condenses a good deal of history and information into its limited space.

Thank Dale P
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Reviewed 16 April 2017

This small museum is new, and I had thought it would focus on the history of The Great Hunger. There was some history, but it was mostly art and artistic responses to the Hunger. I'm curious to see if this museum will be able to...More

1  Thank Thom P
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Reviewed 5 March 2017

From the architecture to the artwork to the videos to the informative docent, this is a very special and moving museum. It's quick and easy to find, a short drive from both I-91 and Route 15 (Wilbur Cross/Merritt Parkway). Admission is free, but donations are...More

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