Now Open

We are now open to the public!

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


2020 Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region

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

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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: 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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Museum Cafe

Stop by the cafe the next time you are at the museum or in downtown Albany.

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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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    Explore Exhibitions & Collections


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

    Please note: The museum will be closed Monday, October 12, 2020.

    Exhibition Information

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

    Online Exhibitions Available

    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


    Pick up a take-home art activity to complement your museum visit!
    October: Ancient Egyptian Style Paper Animal Statuettes
    Learn about animal mummification in the Ancient Egypt galleries and make your own animal mummy model to take home!  Activities are included with museum admission and are available during regular museum hours.


    Friday, November 13 6:30-8:30 pm
    Join us for a guided paint experience inspired by Thomas Cole's painting, Frenchman's Bay, Mount Desert Island, Maine!

    CHILDREN'S ZOOM ART WORKSHOP: Ancient Egyptian Jewelry & Symbolism

    $15 non-members; $10 members

    Join us as we admire the jewelry and symbols from ancient Egypt including examples from the museum’s own ancient Egyptian displays. This workshop fulfills many of the requirements for the Junior Jewelry Girl Scout badge.

    Learn more at this link: Ancient Egyptian Jewelry & Symbolism

    ART KITS: An Art Workshop in a Bag!

    Quilling Art Kit

    $15 non-members; $12 members
    Register online: Quilling Art Kit

    Art Kits contain a special project that can be done on your own schedule. Each featured project relates to the museum's collections or exhibitions and contains materials, and instructions to complete at home on your own time line.  Kits may be purchased online and picked up at the museum during regular admission hours. The Albany Institute's first Art Kit is a fun quilling project inspired by a lovely quilled tea caddy in the museum’s collection. Quilling involves using paper strips to create decorative designs.

    Learn more about our art kit program at this link: Art Kits

    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.

    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.

    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.

    21 Day Equity Challenge

    The Albany Institute of History & Art partnered with the United Way of the Greater Capital Region and numerous other organizations for the 21 Day Equity Challenge August 10-31, 2020. The challenge was designed to inspire discussion, action, and change in our community. A catalogue of daily challenges, along with helpful resources, is available here.


    Save the Date!

    Join us on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 for An Artful Evening to celebrate the vibrant cultural landscape of our region. This event combines our spring Museum Gala and our fall Work of Art into one event. Our Gala honorees are Peter and Rose-Marie Ten Eyck and our Work of Art honoree is Amy Biancolli. Learn more here.

    Join us for Our Virtual Programs!

    The museum is offering virtual programs this fall! Learn more here:

    • Virtual Building Challenge | Theme: Towers & Arches | Submissions accepted October 5-19 | Entries displayed on social media channels October 23 | Learn more
    • Virtual Art du Jour | Ariantje Coeymans Verplanck | Wednesday, October 14, 1PM | Suggested donation $10 | Registration required
    • Virtual Program | Confronting Slavery: Discovering Family History in the Hudson Valley | Sunday, October 18, 2PM | Free (suggested donation $10) | Registration required
    • Virtual Book & Art Club | The Legend of Sleepy Hollow | Thursday, October 29, 7-8PM | Free, but registration is required (space is limited)

    Museum Blogs

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


    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!