Open 7 days. 12pm - 6pm
Note that you can purchase a ticket at the desk as well as online. Generally people spend 45 minutes to 1 hour at the exhibition. You can also purchase a DVD of our exhibition in the menu section above. This DVD will play anywhere in the world. You can see some snippets from the DVD before you purchase.
Other Dublin museums that may interest you are Epic Museum which is an Emigration Museum and the National museum of Archaeology on Kildare Street.
Note that next year, 2020, is the 175th anniversary of the Famine which began in 1845. Do you have any Famine Artifacts? – Ancestor Photos, Stories, Objects. If so, we would love to hear from you.
Our exhibition is located to the 2nd floor of the Stephens Green Shopping Centre in Dublin and contains a number of museum artifacts such as a Famine Pot from County Donegal, a workhouse coffin carrier and a letter from a father to his son who fled the Famine.
The famine pot which was used to make soup, is perhaps the ultimate famine memorial and was sometimes referred to as a soup boiler or workhouse pot.
The pots were mainly manufactured in Coalbrookdale in Shropshire, England by the Quaker iron foundry run by the Darby family. They were made of cast iron.
600 pots were supplied by the Government, a further 295 were provided by the Quakers themselves and number of them also came from the United States.
In the summer months of 1847, approximately 3 million Irish People relied on soup from these pots for their survival.
County Mayo was one of the counties that suffered most in 'The Great Famine' that hit Ireland 1845-1852. In the West of Ireland as a whole, the population declined by as much as a fifth.
The English Quaker philanthropist, James Hack Tuke, witnesses the eviction of six or seven hundred people in Erris, Co Mayo. He finds large families living in "human burrows"; they are "quiet harmless persons, terrified of strangers".
The barony's population last year was estimated at 28,000. 2,000 have emigrated and 6,000 died of starvation, dysentery and fever. Of the 20,000 left, 10,000 are on the verge of starvation. "10,000 people within 48 hours' journey of the metropolis of the world, living, or rather starving, upon turnip-tops, sand-eels and seaweed, a diet which no one in England would consider fit for the meanest animal."
The Great Hunger
The Irish Potato Famine is also referred to as The Great Hunger.
It resulted in a massive loss of life and created a tradition of Irish Emigration that lasted to modern times.
If you have an interest in Irish History and how the huge Irish Diaspora was formed, then this exhibition will interest you.
We are be located on the top floor, above the food hall, with the nearest entrance being the main entrance on the green (at the top of Grafton Street).
The quickest way to get to us is via the elevator on the right hand side after you enter the centre. We are located on the second floor.
If you are seeking an Emigration Museum in Dublin, then visit Epic Museum.
Workhouse Coffin Carrier / Bier
Another famine museum artifact on display is an original 19th century coffin carrier / Bier which played a vital role during the Irish Potato Famine.
The body of a person who died in the workhouse was placed in a coffin and brought to their final resting place on the coffin carrier.
Some workhouses found a way to cut costs by using a reusable coffin which included a hinged door underneath. Once the burial took place, the body would drop out while the coffin could be lifted from the grave and used for the next victim.
This artefact is on loan from Johnnie Fox's museum in Glencullen, County Dublin.
A nice exposition about the dramatic event that took place in the 19th century that moved me and sensitized me.
A moving and well-balanced account of the famine
A logical, thorough and well-organised education on the Irish potato famine.
The short film was poignant, evocative and brought the history to life. A real tragedy
that this exhibition is not permanent as it is such a devastating and important part of Irish history.
My mom really wanted to see this so I went along and I'm so glad I did. I knew a bit about the
potato famine but very few details. While the exhibit isn't flashy or very eye catching when you walk in,
the history and information on display is incredible. I went on quite a few tours while in Dublin but didn't
learn as much anywhere else. The story is shocking and sad but is something that should definitely be told.
It took about an hour to read everything and watch the brief video, and the man working at the desk was more
than happy to talk to us more and give us even more information. I would recommend this to anyone.