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Ireland's Great Hunger Museum

Great Hunger ShipOpened in September 2012, Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of visual art, artifacts and printed materials relating to the starvation and forced emigration that occurred throughout Ireland from 1845 to 1850. Works by noted contemporary Irish artists are featured, as well as a number of important 19th and 20th-century paintings. Begun in 1997, this dynamic collection continues to grow.

The museum offers a unique opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to explore the largely unrepresented, unspoken and unresolved causes and consequences of this tragedy, as well as to appreciate the art that it continues to inspire.

The museum will preserve, build, and present its art collection in order to stimulate reflection, inspire imagination and advance awareness of the Famine and its long afterlife in Ireland’s cultural memory.

Museum programs will include tours of the collection, discussions, films, plays, and concerts highlighting the richness of Irish culture and encouraging its fullest appreciation by the general public, academics, researchers, artists and students.

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