Museum Open

The museum is currently open to the public and offering half-price admission while we change exhibitions.

Learn more about our current policies and procedures (including timed tickets) here.


Encouraging Curiosity & Creativity from Home

Stay curious and connect with us online! We collected 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! We'll be updating materials and making announcements here, on social media, and via email.

Museum at Home

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Great Gifts at the Museum Shop

The Museum Shop offers a wide selection of local, regional, and specialty items and is a great place to shop for gifts!

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    The Albany Institute is open to the public.

    At this time, masks are optional for fully vaccinated staff and guests but are required for unvaccinated staff and guests over the age of 2 (per CDC guidelines). Timed tickets are encouraged and may be reserved online (we are offering half-price admission between July 28-August 27, 2021 as we change exhibitions). Walk-in visitors are also welcome. Learn more about our current policies on our Visit page.

    Museum at Home

    Stay curious and connect with us online! Use our Museum at Home materials to explore the museum remotely and be sure to check out our YouTube channel. We hope these activities will help you be creative, get inspired, and learn something new.

    Outdoor Exhibition

    Enjoy seasonally-themed images from our collection in our special pop-up outdoor exhibition. 


    Our next exhibition Fashionable Frocks of the 1920s will open August 28, 2021. See more about our current exhibitions here.

    Community Support

    On July 22, 2021, there was an attack on the African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region, Inc. We value the work, the energies, and the ideas that are embodied in the AACCCR and hope that you will support their efforts by making a donation- or even better- becoming a member of their great organization. Here's a link to their website.


    Family & Public Programs

    Explore our Calendar of Events for upcoming virtual programs.

    School & Group Programs

    Virtual museum tours are now available.

    Looking for Teacher Resources? Explore our online options.

    Art Kits

    Art Kits feature projects related to the museum's collections or exhibitions and include materials and instructions for you to complete at home on your own. Kits may be purchased online and picked up at the museum during regular admission hours.


    Ages 6-12
    Join us as we explore painting, drawing, sculpture, 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.

    Become a Museum Maker!

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


    Become a Member

    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 connecting diverse audiences to the art, history, and culture of the Upper Hudson Valley through collections, exhibitions, and programs. Thank you!


    Interested in making a donation? Find out ways you can give online. Thank you!

    Stay Connected

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