Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University

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Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University
3011 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT  06518

phone. 203-582-6500



Free guided public tours are offered at 3 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of the month. No reservations required, limited to first 25 participants.

For adult and school groups of 10 or more, self-guided or guided tours can be scheduled during regular museum hours.  Groups should make reservations three weeks in advance. Please contact Claire Puzarne at 203-582-6574 or

Fees for tours:
Self-guided: No fee

School groups (guided or self-guided): No fee

Guided tours:
10 to 20 visitors – $50.00
20 to 40 visitors – $100.00
Over 40 – Please contact Claire Puzarne

Admission to the museum is free.

Regular Museum Hours

Wednesdays  10am − 5pm
Thursdays  10am − 7pm
Fridays & Saturdays  10am − 5pm
Sundays  1pm − 5pm
Mondays & Tuesdays  Closed

Last admission 30 minutes prior to closing.

All weather closings will be announced on the museum’s website.

Quinnipiac Irish Famine museum: 1,500 articles and illustrations relating to Ireland’s Great Hunger are now part of the museum’s digital database.Photo by: Quinnipiac Irish Famine museum. The Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT has launched a digital database of materials relating to Ireland and its devastating famine of 1845 – 52. 

The new database offers students, scholars, historians, and interested members of the Irish diaspora free access to over 1,500 articles and illustrations. They include excerpts from illustrated newspapers and publications such as “The Illustrated London News,” “Punch,” “The Pictorial Times” and “The Graphic.”

“Because photography was in its infancy, these illustrations were how people saw and learned about what was going on in Ireland at that time,” said Grace Brady, the museum’s executive director. A key part of the museum’s mission is to educate people about this avoidable tragedy in Ireland’s history and the database is another way to do so,” she added.

The database officially launched on, December 16, with a Dec. 16, 1848 sketch from “The Illustrated London News” depicting a starving family that had been dragged from its cottage and forced to spend Christmas in a hole, burrowed in the ground “like otters and snipes.”

The museum acquired the volumes of the pictorial newspapers from Kennys Bookshop and Art Gallery in Galway. Four scholars from the museum worked for over a year to ready the scans for public viewing.

“This database provides a unique insight into the aesthetic, technical and contextual roles of pictorial newspapers in narrating and interpreting the Famine,” said Niamh O’Sullivan, Quinnipiac’s Professor Emeritus of Visual Culture and Curator of Ireland's Great Hunger Museum.

“The value of the database to scholars, teachers, researchers and students, no less than the diaspora, is inestimable. The museum's commitment to Famine scholarship is imbedded in this ongoing ambitious digitization program.”

Over the course of the next year, articles from before 1845 and after 1852 will be added to the database.
You can access the database here. Learn more about the Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, the world's largest collection of visual art, artifacts and printed materials relating to the Irish Famine, here.

Here's a short promotional video for the museum:

The Lender Family Special Collection is one of the most extensive collections of literature in America devoted to Ireland’s Great Famine. The An Gorta Mor collection includes nearly 700 volumes regarding the famine and related events. Some of these volumes are extremely rare and were written at or close to the time of the famine itself. The collection is available for scholarly research and may be used only on the premises.

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