The National Famine Museum at Strokestown Park House in Co Roscommon is facing a major revamp with an investment of nearly €4m.
The existing museum will be transformed into a state-of-the-art centre using cutting-edge technology including projections and soundscapes to tell the complete story of the Great Famine for the first time.
A new cafe will also be added.
The museum attracts over 50,000 visitors every year but the new investment is forecast to help bring 50,000 further visitors to the site and over €13m in additional revenue to the region over the next five years.
When open in 2021, the museum will bring visitors on a journey through the Great Irish Famine across 11 distinct zones; from experiencing how the ascendancy rose in Ireland from 1620 onwards, when Catholics owned two thirds of the land, to the early 1800s when the majority of the land was owned by landlords.
While visiting the museum, visitors will find out what a Victorian party at the 'Big House' looked like before moving into the contrasting 'Cottier Life' zone, where a view of life for a rural labourer is depicted in the pre-famine years, followed by new sections dedicated to the Great Hunger, eviction and migration.
The total project cost, including funding from the owners of Strokestown Park House - Westward Holdings Ltd in partnership with the Irish Heritage Trust - will be €5.1m.