For the past quarter century, the Irish American Heritage Museum has existed as a summer-only seasonal exhibit center in East Durham.
On Tuesday (January 17), however, the museum is celebrating the grand opening of its new, year-round home at 370 Broadway in downtown Albany. The museum’s inaugural exhibition is “Dublin: Then and Now,” featuring photographs by Marvin Koner and Declan Corrigan.
The festivities during this week’s grand opening celebration include a reading by William Kennedy at 7:30pm on Wednesday (free), an opening reception featuring the music of Nippertown’s acclaimed Celtic-rock band Hair of the Dog from 6-8pm on Thursday ($25 suggested donation), a traditional Irish music performance by the Sean O’Riada Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann at 7pm on Friday (free); and Irish step dancing performances and demonstrations by the Farrell School of Irish Dance and the Capital District Irish Set Dancers from 1-4pm on Saturday (free).
At 7pm on Saturday, January 28, the Capital District Irish American Center (aka, Hibernian Hall) in Albany will also host fundraising concert for the new museum, featuring the music of Three Irish Voices and Frank Jaklitsch & Friends. Suggested donation is $15.
The museum will be open from 11am-4pm Wednesday through Friday; 10am-4pm Saturdays; and 12noon-4pm on Sundays. Admission is $3; seniors $2; children under 15 free.