This excellent open-air museum tells the story of Connemara, its people, and how they worked this rocky and inhospitable land. Dan O’Hara was a real person who farmed 3 hectares (8 acres) of land for himself and his family, until the potato famine destroyed their livelihood and they were evicted. His tragic tale—recounted at the museum—ends with Dan’s children being taken into welfare and him dying broke in New York, where he had eked out a living as a match seller. The reconstructed farmstead is set up exactly as it would have been in the years before the Famine, complete with farm dwellings. The heritage center has exhibits and an informative historical film. Also on the grounds of the museum is a dolmen and prehistoric tomb.