“The museum, a project of Quinnipiac University, presents a selection of these prints and periodicals, as well as letters and other documents, responding in real time to Ireland’s starving populace and deserted villages,” the newspaper states. “But in its inaugural exhibition, it lets later artists, both from Ireland and from the countries in which famine victims settled, do most of the talking. This has the surprising effect of simultaneously softening and sharpening the gruesome facts.”
The newspaper focuses on several bronzes, paintings, sculptures and stained-glass works and compares the museum to several other major institutions around the world.
“In the galleries of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum we come face to face with what really happened,” The New York Times concludes.