Monday 30 August 2021

Ireland's Great Hunger Museum in Connecticut will not reopen

Ireland's Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University (QU) in Connecticut has closed. It was opened in 2013 by Leo Varadkar but was, along with most museums, galleries and similar visitor venues, forced to close its doors due to Covid last year. 

By this time its future funding was being reassessed by the University's Board of Trustees who have now taken the decision that it will not reopen. 

Ireland's Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac
University will not reopen

Plans are now underway to find a new home for the Museum's artworks, which are mostly paintings and sculptures by noted contemporary Irish and Irish-American artists, with a number of period paintings by some of Ireland's most important 19th-century artists. 

Together they form what is probably the world's largest collection of art related to the Irish Famine. 

The Museum was part of QU's Ireland's Great Hunger Institute, a scholarly resource devoted to disseminating information about the Famine, its causes and consequences, through a programme of lectures, conferences and courses, and a series of publications called Famine Folios which explored specific topics about this period.

The Institute will maintain its research programme on the Great Hunger.