The Great Hunger Museum in Connecticut is fascinating

Editor’s Note: The Great Hunger Museum has temporarily closed in 2021 for a move from Hamden to Fairfield. The collection is not currently on display, but the new Fairfield Museum is expected to open soon.

The Great Irish Famine of 1845-1849 was one of the worst social crises in the history of the planet. Also known as the Great Hunger or Irish Potato Famine, this period of mass starvation resulted in the deaths of approximately 1,000,000 Irish citizens. A million more people fled the country, meaning the total population fell by around 25% in just a few years. The causes of the Great Hunger were varied, but the majority of the problems were caused by a potato blight that decimated the country’s main crop. It was an undeniably terrible event in history, but it might seem a bit far removed from the Nutmeg State. Amazingly, Connecticut is actually home to the largest collection of Great Famine art and artifacts in the world. The Great Hunger Museum was one of the best connecticut museums until it closed last year. The collection is intact and has been moved to a location in Fairfield, so you will soon be able to review all the exhibits in person.

To experience some of the exhibits online, be sure to visit the Great Hunger Museum of Ireland website Where Facebook page.

Address: Irish Museum of the Great Hunger, 3011 Whitney Ave, Hamden, CT 06518, USA

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