Encouraging Curiosity & Creativity from Home

Out of concern for the health and safety of our visitors, staff, researchers, and volunteers, our galleries, cafe, shop, and research library will be closed to the public through June 30, 2020. Learn more

We have started to collect digital materials for you to use to explore the museum remotely. We hope these will help you be creative, get inspired, and learn something new! Stay curious and connect with us online. We'll be updating materials and making announcements here, on social media, and via email.

Museum at Home: Museum Blogs

Whether you are interested in discovering new research, want a peek behind-the-scenes, are craving virtual tours or presentations, or want to get creative, our new Museum Blogs have fun content for you to experience the Museum at Home.  

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2020 Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region

New dates!

The 2020 Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region will be held September 19, 2020—January 3, 2021.

Submission deadline is June 28, 2020.

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    Exhibition Information

    Information about our exhibitions may be found here: Current Exhibitions and Upcoming Exhibitions

    Note: The 2020 Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region will be held September 19, 2020-January 3, 2021. Submission deadline is now June 28, 2020. Learn more here.

    Online Exhibitions Available

    While we are closed, explore our online exhibitions:

    Explore Our Galleries from Home!

    In 2014, Google mapped the interior of the museum building and documented our exhibitions and galleries at that time! Click here to start your tour in our Sculpture Court OR go to Google Maps, find the Albany Institute, and drag the Google Street View figure over to the museum property to see exhibitions like GE Presents: The Mystery of the Albany Mummies, Big & Bold: Contemporary Painting, Collage, and Sculpture from the Albany Institute's Collection, some of our Hudson River School paintings, and more! Be sure you "travel" between the floors by selecting 1, 2, or 3 from the icon on the lower right. Happy exploring! 

    Audio Tour

    Access objects from the museum's current collection anywhere! Click here to start the audio tour.

    Digital Museum Scavenger Hunt

    This interactive online adventure gives you the opportunity to explore objects in our galleries and collections from your home. Learn more here.

    Go Behind the Scenes!

    Our new blog Behind the Scenes with Curators will take you behind the scenes with our curatorial department where you will learn more about current projects and upcoming plans.

    Discover Resources

    Teacher Resources

    Looking for online lesson plans? Explore our Teacher Resources!

    #ColorOurCollections Coloring Pages

    Looking to get a bit creative? How about relaxing with some coloring? Here are our #ColorOurCollections coloring sheets for you to enjoy. Feel free to share them with your friends too! (PS—You can also post them online and tag #colorourcollections).

    Download and print coloring sheets here.

    ArtStory Series

    It's like story time, but with art instead of a book. Come "read" art with us! Learn more here.

    Become a Museum Maker!

    For fun tips about art projects and fun activities you can do, check out our new blog Museum Makers: Art Education.

    Artists' Voices

    Through the support of the National Endowment of the Arts, four artists in the Albany Institute of History & Art's collection were interviewed for a special series called Artists' Voices: Stephen Hannock, Larry Kagan, Michael Oatman, and Elizabeth Zunon.

    Click here to access the films.


    Ages 6-12
    Join us as we explore creative challenges, painting, printmaking and more as we make beautiful pieces of art! In these weekly, three-day morning programs, children will create vibrant works of art inspired by our summer exhibitions and permanent collections. Summer classes will be led online via Zoom along with supportive materials availabe for pick up in art kits.
    Registration is now open for the Artful Mornings program.


    Stay Connected

    Looking to stay connected to the museum while we are closed? Sign up for our emails and follow our social media channels:

    • Sign up for our emails
    • Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/albanyinstitute
    • Follow us on Twitter: @AlbanyInstitute
    • Enjoy our Instagram: albanyinstitute

    Museum Blogs

    We're adding to our digital content! We encourage you to explore our new Museum Blogs:

    Art Challenges

    Culture in Quarantine Challenge

    We're kicking off a special My Favorite Object virtual museum project as part of International Museum Week's #CultureinQuarantineMW theme. If you could donate your favorite object to the Albany Institute for safe keeping, what would it be and why? Learn how to write a museum label and share your favorite object with us! Learn more here.

    Life Imitates Art Creative Challenge

    Recreate one of our collection items at home and share it with us! Tag us and use #LifeImitatesArtAlbany. We look forward to seeing your creations! See some of the submissions here.

    • Facebook: www.facebook.com/albanyinstitute
    • Twitter: @AlbanyInstitute
    • Instagram: albanyinstitute


    Looking for ways to support the museum? Consider membership! Whether you join, renew, or even upgrade your membership, your support will help us navigate this difficult time and continue our mission of protecting and preserving the art, culture, and history of the Upper Hudson Valley. Thank you!