Logo, Irish Cultural Museum of New Orleans - Irish Cultural Museum
(504) 302-1382
933 Conti Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

About Us

This very unique learning facility is the result of a two-year collaboration of individuals who are very passionate about the City of New Orleans, its history, and its cultures. Many talented audio/video producers, photographers, researchers, archivists, historians, computer programmers, graphic designers, architects, interior designers, developers, and community leaders have worked to bring to life the first museum of this kind in New Orleans.

International Acclaim

  • The groundbreaking of the Museum was attended by then Irish Ambassador to the United States Ambassador H.E. Michael Collins.
  • Ireland's Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Minister Jimmy Deenihan visited and toured the Museum during construction.
  • The official opening of the museum took place during a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Taoist (Vice President of Ireland) Eamon Gilmore.
  • The Irish General Council Paul Gleeson has attended several exhibit openings and other events at the Museum. Select Museum projects and exhibits receive partial support from the Irish Government via there ESP (Emigrant Support Program).
  • ICM sat on the Committee for the 2014 International Famine Commemoration, and hosted Irish Dignitaries for the opening of the exhibit “An Gorta Mor; the great famine” including the current Ireland's Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Minister Heather Humphreys .

Amenities & Exhibits

The Irish Cultural Museum of New Orleans is located on a historic French Quarter property. In January 2012 the Department of Anthropology at the University of New Orleans in partnership with the museum conducted an archaeological excavation at the site that provided clues about the many individuals who lived at the French Quarter site over the last 230 years.

Crews led by Andrea White, an archaeologist from the UNO Greater New Orleans Archaeology Program, used historic site maps and drawings to look for architectural features and trash pits on the site. Discovered in the layers of yard deposit were household artifacts including buttons made from bone, pipe stems, gunflints, and antebellum glass bottles. Among the objects the archaeologists unearthed were Spanish Reales (silver coins), fragments of Yellowware, a type of ceramic tableware manufactured in the 1830’s and 1840’s. Some of the shards found at the museum site feature a mocha design that was made from tobacco spit. Clay pipes, bone buttons, antebellum glass bottles, and more.

The first home on the property, built about 1780, was outside of the original French settlement in the Spanish expansion of the city. The Conti property is located near Rampart Street, where the Spanish built a fortified wall for the protection and defense of the city. The property was also outside of the footprint of two fires in 1788 and 1794 that burned large portions of the Spanish Colonial city.

After the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 there was a tremendous need for housing and the area of the French Quarter where the museum is located was quickly developed to accommodate the growing population. During that period the property was owned by a Free Woman of Color, Magdeleine Rillieux, and Jean Robert, a male refugee from Saint-Dominque. The pair resided on Conti from 1808 to 1832.

Records indicate that Irish and Italian immigrants were also among the series of property owners. Entrepreneur and philanthropist John McDonogh, who owned real estate throughout the city, acquired the property in 1847. The lot and five-room home was sold nine years after McDonogh’s death in 1850 to Silvestre Blasini, an oyster vendor. Layers of oyster shells were uncovered during the excavation, indicating that Blasini used the shells to fill and raise the elevation of his property.

The research into the museum site is ongoing as uncovered artifacts are analyzed and recorded documents uncovered. Piecing together the lives of the former residents will reveal information about the roots of New Orleans culture and new information about its Irish population.

 

Mission Statement

The Irish Cultural Museum of New Orleans has as its mission statement to devote resources to educate and create public awareness among locals, tourists, and others of the contributions Ireland, her people, and their culture have made to New Orleans since its colonial beginnings.

We strive to promote knowledge and appreciation of the history of New Orleans, her Irish heritage and culture, and the present day Irish-American community. We support causes and organizations with similar ambitions who actively engage in benefiting society by promoting unity, friendship, and Christian charity.

The Irish Cultural Museum of New Orleans is an educational facility designed to accomplish our mission statement of educating the public of the contributions Ireland, her people and their culture have made to New Orleans since its colonial beginnings. It does so in a historic setting that is tranquil, inviting and friendly. It recognizes that people have different learning styles and therefore via interactive kiosks, art exhibits, music, a library reading and research room, static exhibits and displays, tours and heritage events, all seven different learning styles are employed; Visual, aural, verbal, physical, logical, social, and solitary.

 

St. Patrick Foundation

The St. Patrick Foundation (SPF) partners with the Irish Cultural Museum to accomplish its mission of likewise educating the public of the contributions Ireland, her people, and their culture have made to New Orleans.

The SPF is an educational and charitable 501(c)(3) that can receive tax free donations for the Irish Cultural Museum. Please show your support by donating, and be sure to specify "Irish Cultural Museum of New Orleans" when making your donation.


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