School & Group Tours

The Albany Institute of History & Art is dedicated to excellence in education.  We offer unique learning opportunities that address NY state and National Learning Standards, integrating Visual Arts, English Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics through object based learning.  All of the fun and engaging experiences offered are based on the Institute's renowned collections and are led by experienced educators, and professionally trained docents.

Lessons incorporate hands-on activities to strengthen gallery learning through programs that build visual thinking and interdisciplinary skills.  In addition, each lesson offers the option of an art making activity.

Programs are designed to be age-appropriate and actively engage school children in object based learning. Typical school visits are two hours and include a one hour lesson the the gallery and a one hour art making activity in the studio.  Most programs can accommodate 60 students.  Groups are required to have one adult chaperone for every ten students.

Program Fees:

  • Gallery Lesson $6.00 per student
  • Gallery Lesson with Art Making Activity $7.00 per student
  • Prices include one chaperone per every ten students
  • Additional chaperones are $10.00 each

Schedule a School Program


Grant Funding Available

The Review Foundation awarded the Albany Institute of History & Art a three-year grant to support education programs at the museum. This grant allows the Education Department to provide free field trips to 4th, 5th, and 6th grade classes from Title 1 Schools in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady counties during the 2017–2018 through 2019–2020 school years.

This opportunity is available to eligible schools with field trips beginning in fall 2017. Please contact (518) 463-4478 ext. 404 or to discuss booking a program. Spaces are limited.

*Reservations are now being accepted for field trips in 2018-2019*