I visited this museum which is affiliated with the Quinnipiac University on a gloomy weekday. Admission is free and there is parking right next to the building. The space was welcoming and my friend and I were the only visitors. We started with a short film about the history of the Potato Famine. Although the film gave a good background to the historical event that inspired the art we were about to see, but the narrative of the film was decidedly biased toward to the Irish viewpoint and painted the British in a very bad light. It made me wonder if there were more to the story than what was told in the film. Some of the art included in the film are housed in this museum so you can take a closer look at the pieces after the film. After the film, we explored the two floors of this high ceiling building. The small collection of paintings, sketches, political cartoons, bronze and wooden sculptures depict scenes and images of the blight and its effect on the people of Ireland.There is also a large stained glass window. This is a small bit of history which gets little attention in a world history class, and the museum did much to open my eyes to that tragedy. The front desk offers a booklet and some postcards for sale. You don't need more than an hour to visit the collection.
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