Public Programs

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

TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Developing Compelling Questions A Day at the Museum

Wednesday, July 20 • 9:00am - 3:00pm

Intended Audience: Social Studies, Art, English, Special Education, and ESL teachers

This conference is an opportunity for teachers to learn how to develop compelling questions in their instruction using artifacts, documents, and art at the region's most prestigous museum.

This educator friendly day will start with a tour of the museum followed by coaching in the art of writing compelling questions.  A catered lunch will allow time for teachers to work with peers in designing challenging questions aligned to the standards.

The last half of the day will be devoted to creating unit and lesson plans that contain such questions.  These will be collected and shared with all participants.

Presenters: Erika Sanger, Director of Education at The Albany Institute of History & Art, and Casey Jakubowski, CASDA Faculty

Registration is required and available at

Cost: $109 for CASDA members, $218 for non-CASDA members, Free for UAlbany SOE Students

LECTURE Splendor, Myth, and Vision: Nudes from the Prado

Thursday, July 21 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Kathleen Morris, Clark Art Institute, Max Director of Collections and Exhibitions/Interim Senior Curator

Join Marx Director of Collections and Exhibitions/Interim Senior Curator Kathleen Morris for a look at the Clark Art Institute’s summer exhibition Splendor, Myth and Vision: Nudes from the Prado.

The collecting and display of paintings of the nude have a fascinating and varied history in the Royal Spanish Collections—commissioned by some monarchs, sequestered in salas reservadas (hidden displays) by others. Now more than two centuries later, the nude continues to evoke powerful responses from censorship to celebrated acceptance.

Learn the histories of the magnificent paintings by Titian, Rubens, Guercino, and others, and hear the back story of how the exhibition came to be.


Free admission


IMAGE: Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577–1640), Fortuna, 1636–38. Oil on canvas, 71 3/4 x 39 5/8 in.

FAMILY PROGRAM Mummy Birthday Party

Sunday, November 6 • 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Celebrate the 107th 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.

Lego Building Challenge Fall 2016

Friday, November 11 • 11:00am - 1:00pm Friday, November 11 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Saturday, November 12 • 11:00am - 1:00pm Saturday, November 12 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Sunday, November 13 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Lego® Building Challenge Fall 2016 Theme: Rock & Roll!

November 11-13

Registration for the 2016 Lego Challenge will begin on September 6th

Building Session Dates and Times:

11/11 Friday Morning Challenge Session 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

11/11 Friday Afternoon Challenge Session 2:00-4:00 PM

11/12 Saturday Morning Challenge Session 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

11/12 Saturday Afternoon Challenge Session 2:00-4:00 PM

11/13 Sunday Afternoon Challenge Session 1:00-3:00 PM

Registration Fee: $5 per person (includes museum admission, registrations are non-refundable)

Registration will open on August, 11th 2016.

Online Registration is not available on the date of the event, please call to register.

Team registration: teams may include as many as, but not more than four people.

Time: 1 ½ hours for construction, ½ hour for judging and awards

Size Limit: 10” x 10” base

Brings friends, family, and colleagues to work together to create beautiful LEGO ® structures. This year’s theme is Buildings, Bridges, and Boats.  Let your imagination run wild, share your vision, and compete for awards with teams from across the capital region. Basic building blocks will be supplied; however, contestants may also bring in their own.

Challenge Specifics:

  • Models must be built using only LEGO® bricks and elements. You may bring in your own pieces or we will provide you with basic bricks in a variety of sizes and a 10” x 10” base.
  • Entries must be original designs based on the theme. Commercially sold kits or published designs are not permitted.
  • Project entries must be completely assembled within the one and a half hour time limit. All assembly must be completed on site during the challenge; no pre-built parts will be permitted. 
  • Your team may choose to practice building your model prior to the day of the building challenge.
  • Feel free to bring sketches, drawings, and photographs to use as reference.
  • Judging will occur during the assembly time as well as after final assembly.  Participants will have the opportunity to describe their structure as part of the judging process.
  • During the competition, children under 12 must be supervised by the adults who brought them; they cannot be left alone.

Please note that space is limited, and pre-registration is required.

For more information or to register contact Patrick Stenshorn at 518-463-4478- ext 405 or e-mail to

Mobile devices do not provide a secure network for registration; please use a desktop computer to register.


Participation in the event assumes consent for photographs to be used for museum purposes unless participants otherwise notify The Albany Institute.


LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of Companies which does not sponsor, authorize, or endorse this event.



Art for All 2016-2017

The 2016-2017 Art for All season will start on Saturday, October 1st.

Bring your family to the museum and spend the day being creative!  Adults and children of all ages are welcome to join us in the Albany Institute art studio on Saturdays for drop in art making.  Activities are based off of our current exhibitions and include techniques involving painting, drawing, multi media work, collage and more!

Free with museum admission


Join us for drop in art projects based off of our current exhibitions.  Featured projects change each month.  More details, and sample project pictures will be posted closer to the program date.