Famine Museum

Note that you can purchase a DVD of our exhibition in the menu section (top right). This DVD will play anywhere in the world. You can see some snippets from the DVD before you purchase.

In 2019, the exhibition will return to the 2nd floor of the Stephens Green Shopping Centre in Dublin and contain a number of museum artefacts such as a Famine Pot from County Donegal as well as a workhouse coffin carrier.

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.

October to January 2019

Famine Exhibition Ballina Mayo

This exhibition moves to Ballina, County Mayo and will be on show there from October until January.

The locations is Mayo County Council / Ballina Civic Offices Building which is on Arran Place / Dillon Terrace, Ballina. 

Opening Hours:
October 22nd to November 3rd:
Monday to Friday 11am to 4pm, Saturday 11am to 1pm

From November 5th to January 2019:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11am to 4pm, Saturday 11am to 1pm

Schools Tours on Tuesdays & Thursdays from November 5th (advance booking required)

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.

December 1847

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."

Summer 2018

Potato Famine

You can purchase the DVD of our exhibition above.

This DVD will work anywhere in the world and will make a wonderful gift for a family member or loved one.

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.

We look forward to bringing our Famine exhibition back to the Stephen's Green Shopping Centre, Dublin in 2018.

The exhibition will run from May 14th to September 30th 2018.

If you have an interest in Irish History then we promise that this will be one of the best things to do in dublin this summer.

We will 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 would like to look at reviews from last year, please go to Tripadvisor and search for 'The Irish Potato Famine' or simply click on the TripAdvisor banner on the top of this page.

If you visited us last year, we would be very grateful for a review from you.

Please note that there is a also a famine memorial in St. Stephen's Green and on Custom House Quay.

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Famine Dublin

Irish Famine Coffin Carrier / Bier


Heart touching!
A nice exposition about the dramatic event that took place in the 19th century that moved me and sensitized me.

Regis T

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.


So Poignant
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.

Lisa R

Famine Exhibition

2nd Floor, Stephens Green Shopping Centre, Dublin 2

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