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Boston Irish Famine Memorial

Washington St., Boston, MA
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Reviewed 21 December 2017

Interesting statue and plaque but not a lot of detail or history on the story behind the famine. It would be good to pair it with the Famine and the Emigrant Museums in Dublin, Ireland.

Thank Josh B
Reviewed 17 December 2017

A pretty good sculpture, but so out of the way I would be surprised if any tourists can find it. Also, the family in the sculpture do not look like they have suffered much. Not true to the terrible history, and the massive influx to...More

Thank Lsbrandon
Reviewed 4 December 2017

This memorial was meant well but the drama of the starving children looks too dramatic. It was a terrible time, many children did suffer and starve but there is something about this memorial that seems a little forced.

1  Thank USATK
Reviewed 27 November 2017

I know that many people have have expressed reservations and complaints about the contrasting sculptures of a starving Irish family and a prosperous, well-fed Irish immigrant family in this "pocket park" in the city of Boston. the fact remains that many Irish people were woefully...More

Thank Bonnie R
Reviewed 26 November 2017

Its an interesting concept for a memorial. There were many waves of Irish immigration here in Boston. But the statute is often covered in pigeons and their droppings.

1  Thank Rob A
Reviewed 25 November 2017

Nice statue shows two families , one looking back as if to remember the hardships of the Famine . quick visit close to downtown crossing on washington street at school st

Thank william g
Reviewed 18 November 2017 via mobile

Statue with pigeons hanging out , really not much of a wow factor . Not worry planning a trip just to see however if your in the areas then it’s okay.

Thank ClaudiaG1972
Reviewed 9 November 2017

A stark and grim reminder of the issues faced by some that led to a migration to this country...Walking around the statues and reading the descriptions is quite depressing and yet a reminder of the grit of those who survived those troubling times.

Thank 344ritamc
Reviewed 9 November 2017

This is truly one of the worst pieces of public art I have seen, or can imagine. It consists of two separate family groupings, apparently representing Irish citizens in the mid-19th Century. The "concept" is that one family group of statues is in Ireland suffering...More

Thank 2Bostonians
Reviewed 9 November 2017

Given my Irish citizenship, I found this interesting given my maternal grandmothers stories. Sad commentary on what transpired in the past.

Thank Scott S
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Arthur L
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Response from 2Bostonians | Reviewed this property |
I agree with William G. My understanding is that Boston Common and Public Garden both require numerous groups - City, Civic, neighborhood, etc. to agree upon and approve any changes or additions of anything in these parks.