The existing National Famine Museum at Strokestown Park will be transformed into the new state-of-the-art National Famine Museum which will tell the complete story of the Great Famine for the first time. The new National Famine Museum will use innovative technology including projections and soundscapes to immerse visitors in the culture and day-to-day life of Ireland in the years before, during and after the Great Famine.
The National Famine Museum at Strokestown tells the story of the Great Irish Famine of the 1840s through the words and stories of the very people who experienced it, while drawing parallels with contemporary famine events.
Almost one quarter of the population, over 2 million people, either died or emigrated during this time. The new state-of-the-art National Famine Museum will tell the story of the across 11 distinct zones. From experiencing how the ascendancy rose in Ireland from 1620 onwards after the battle of the Boyne, to the early 1800’s. Strokestown House boasts the largest collection of artefacts and documents relating to the Great Famine which will also be highlighted throughout the new museum.
There will also be a new visitor centre and café in Strokestown park as well as renovated gardens and walks. The National Famine Way Museum opens in May 2022.