Public Programs

The Albany Institute presents a broad range of public programs related to our collections, exhibitions, and special projects.


Monday, February 15 • 10:00am - 5:00pm

Bring the whole family to enjoy the galleries and programs!

This free admission day is sponsored by M&T Bank.


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

10AM-4:30PM Drop-in Art Making in the Art Studio
Join us to create your own presidential collage!  We'll use paper cut outs of Washington's silhouette to start off with, and decorate with an assortment of images of Washington and Lincoln from pictures of coins, and stamps.

50 OBJECTS PROGRAM Revealing Albany

Sunday, February 21 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Beverly Bardequez, President, Rapp Road Historical Association

Jen Lemak and Brad Utter, Senior Historians/Curators, New York State Museum

Anthony G. Opalka, Albany City Historian

Join us for insider’s views of many of the most intriguing objects in our exhibition.


Free with museum admission

50 OBJECTS PROGRAM Games, Concepts, and Characters

Friday, March 4 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Jeff Bellio, Concept Artist from Vicarious Visions

Bellio, who has worked on creating many character designs for Vicarious Vision's Skylanders franchise, will share his insights into game and character development. 

Free admission

225th ANNIVERSARY PROGRAM Old Albany through the Eyes of William Kennedy's Fictional Characters

Sunday, March 6 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm

William Kennedy, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist William Kennedy, who uses his hometown of Albany, New York, as the inspiration for his work, will present a slide show of historic Albany scenes that are featured prominently in the novels. He will discuss the ways in which his characters inhabit Albany's buildings and streets.

Free with museum admission

Sponsored by the Albany Institute of History & Art in conjunction with its 225th Anniversary and the New York State Writers Institute

50 OBJECTS PROGRAM Saluting Schenectady

Sunday, March 13 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Join us for an insider's view of many of the most intriguing objects in our exhibition with our special guests:

  • Daniel J. Beams, Curator at Old Stone Fort Museum
  • Josh Hauck, Archivist at MiSci & Dudley Observatory
  • Colette Lemmon, Curator of Exhibitions at the Iroquois Indian Museum
  • John Panoski and Kevin Millington from the Empire State Aerosciences Museum
  • Mary Zawacki, Curator at the Schenectady County Historical Society

Free with museum admission


Saturday, March 19 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Albany Pine Bush Educators

Come learn about the endangered Albany Pine Bush landscape and "help a habitat."

Our program begins with a short presentation on the Albany Pine Bush and the rare animals, including the endangered Karner blue butterfly, that call this habitat home. Each participant will decorate a flower pot and plant seeds from native plans to bring home.

Free with museum admission