Ireland's Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University
Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University is home to the world's largest collection of painting, sculptures, and other visual media related to the Famine that took place in Ireland from 1845 to 1852.
The Great Hunger was the worst demographic catastrophe in European history. One million people died and approximately two million more emigrated. Emigration continued unabated to the end of the century, when the population of Ireland was approximately half of what it had been before the Famine.
The Famine generated a political, economic, moral and cultural crisis that extends to the realm of representation that lingers to this day.
Opened in October 2012, Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum was realized through the work of award-winning architects and designers. It comprises exceptional artworks from the time of the Famine to the present in both Ireland and America.