Family Days 2013-2014

Don't miss these fun-filled family programs, which include lots of museum activities for participants of all ages—art workshops, performances, gallery activities, and more.


Be Inspired! Family Day

Sunday, October 12 • 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Come be inspired by the artwork of the Mohawk Hudson Regional exhibition and create your own masterpieces.

Artists from the exhibition will be on hand for presentations throughout the day. We'll discover the mediums and techniques they use in their work and create some artwork of our own.

Free with museum admission

Artist demonstrations will take place at:

12:30PM                 1:00PM

1:30PM                   2:30PM

3:00PM                   3:30PM


Monday, October 13 • 10:00am - 5:00pm

This Columbus Day explore the galleries of the Albany Institute of History & Art for free. The whole family will enjoy drop-in art making activities based on the current exhibitions.

Drop-In Art Making from 10AM-4:30PM

Gallery Talks at 1PM and 3:30PM

Free admission

Sponsored by M&T Bank


Sunday, November 9 • 12:00pm - 4:30pm

Celebrate the 105th anniversary of the arrival of the Albany Institute's mummies!

Children are invited to bring a doll or stuffed animal to learn about the mummification process by mummyfying their toy.

FREE with museum admission.


Tuesday, November 11 • 10:00am - 5:00pm

Bring the whole family to enjoy the Albany Institute of History & Art for free!
Sponsored by M&T Bank


In addition to our galleries and shop being open, we also have:

10AM-4:30PM  Drop-in Art Making: Patriotic Pennants in the Art Studio


Special activities related to the War of 1812, with Robert E. Mulligan, Retired New York State Museum Curator of Military History.

10AM-4:30PM  Special Display
In honor of Veteran's Day and the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, Mulligan will display his collection of miniature soldiers of 1812, recreating the Battle of Queenston Heights, and highlighting the roles played by Albany's Solomon Van Rensselaer of Cherry Hill and Troy's Captain John E. Wool, the hero of the battle.

1:30PM and 3PM  Lecture: New York State and the War of 1812 with Robert E. Mulligan  
Mulligan will discuss America's lack of preparation for the war, the role of the New York Militia, Albanians Philip and Stephen van Rensselaer, strategies, New York's anti-war politics, and who actually "won" the war. (It was our neighbor to the north).