2021 Work of Art

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 from 5:30-8PM

Honoring retiring Executive Director Tammis K. Groft

Buy tickets, make a donation, and learn more here!

The Wyeths: Three Generations | Works from the Bank of America Collection

September 11, 2021—January 2, 2022

This exhibition has been loaned through the Bank of America Art in Our Communities® program.


Image: (detail) Eight Bells (Clyde, Stanley and Andrew Wyeth aboard Eight Bells), 1937, N.C. Wyeth (American, 1882-1945), oil on hardboard, Bank of America Collection

Fashionable Frocks of the 1920s

August 28, 2021—January 2, 2022

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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

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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.

    Thank you for helping us provide a safe environment at the museum! At this time, all staff and visitors over the age of two are required to wear a mask or face covering while at the museum, even if vaccinated. Free, single-use face masks are available at the Admission Desk if you do not bring one with you.

    Timed tickets are encouraged and may be reserved online. Walk-in visitors are also welcome. Learn more about our current policies on our Visit page.


    Our newest exhibitions Fashionable Frocks of the 1920s and The Wyeths: Three Generations | Works from the Bank of America Collection are now open. See more about our current exhibitions here.

    We're Hiring!

    Applications are currently being accepted for the position of Executive Director (applications due by October 18, 2021) and position of Public Historian for Albany African American History Project (applications due by November 2, 2021). Learn more here.

    2021 Work of Art: Honoring Tammis K. Groft

    Join us on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 from 5:30-8PM for the 2021 Work of Art cocktail party and art auction. This year's honoree is retiring Executive Director Tammis K. Groft. Tickets start at $65 and are available online. Space is limited! RSVP by October 25.

    Call for art! The Albany Institute of History & Art seeks original artwork from Capital Region artists for a silent auction to accompany the 2021 Work of Art. The silent auction, the centerpiece of the evening, will celebrate and promote one of the Capital Region’s greatest assets: its vibrant community of artists. Art entries are due October 12. Learn more here.

    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. 



    Explore our Calendar of Events for upcoming virtual and in-person programs for all ages.


    Virtual museum tours and limited in-person tours are now available.

    Looking for Teacher Resources? Explore our online options.

    Art Kits: Gilt Frames

    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.


    Pick up a take-home art activity to complement your museum visit or join us to create in-person on select dates!
    October: Pumpkin paper relief art
    Drop-In Art Making: October 9 & 11 | 10:00-4:30
    Sunday October 31| 12:00-3:00 PM
    Join us for a halloween themed family fun day! Activities include pumpkin head chalk drawing, pumpkin-themed art projects, and a balloon artist. Dress in costume and receive free museum admission! Outdoors & weather permitting with a rain date of November 13.


    Saturday, November 6 | 2:30-4:30 pm
    Join us for a guided paint experience while we take inspiration from a 1930 travel poster by Walter L. Greene showcasing the lovely landscape found along the passenger train service to the Adirondacks and Lake Placid.

    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!

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