Family Days

Don't miss these fun-filled family programs, which include lots of museum activities for participants of all ages—art workshops, performances, gallery activities, and more.

FAMILY PROGRAM History Expedition Day

All: Saturday, September 21 • 10:00am - 4:30pm

Join us for a special day full of family fun!

Travel back in time and learn about the world of Alexander Hamilton and the Schuyler sisters. Enjoy hands-on history, art activities, costume station, and a new museum scavenger hunt. Then, get ready to clap and sing as we host Hamiltunes karaoke!

Schedule of Events:

  • 10AM-4:30PM: Discovering History scavenger hunt
  • 10AM-4:30PM: Art Making
  • 10AM-4:30PM: History Dress-Up Station*
  • 10:30AM-12:30PM: Write a letter to the Schuyler Sisters (using a quill pen!)
  • 1PM-4PM: Hamiltunes: an American Singalong 

The Schuyler Center for Analysis & Advocacy, an organization founded by Louisa Lee Schuyler, the great-granddaughter of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler, will be on hand to discuss their work to end child poverty and keeping the Schuyler family legacy alive in the Capital Region.


*Dress up station provided by The Costumer

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Hamiltunes: An American Singalong

Join us as we sing along to your favorite tunes from Hamilton: An American Musical in this karaoke-style event. Singers of all ages are welcomed. You can sign up for songs that day on a first come, first serve basis. If you don't want to sing, just sit back and enjoy the show as a member of the audience. Costumes are welcomed, but not required.

Please note: Although this program is open to all ages, please be aware the lyrics of this Broadway show contain some explicit language.

  • 1-1:45PM | Song sign ups
  • 1:45-4PM | Karaoke!



Free admission sponsored by M&T Bank

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Lego Building Challenge 2019

All Ages: Sunday, October 13 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm All Ages: Monday, October 14 • 11:00am - 1:00pm All Ages: Monday, October 14 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Lego® Building Challenge Columbus Day Weekend 2019 Theme: Sailboats

October 13-14

Building Session Dates and Times:

10/13 Sunday Afternoon Challenge Session 1:00-3:00 PM

10/14 Monday Morning Challenge Session 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

10/14 Monday Afternoon Challenge Session 2:00-4:00 PM

Registration Fee: $5 per person (includes museum admission, registrations are non-refundable)

Online Registration is not available on the date of the event.  Walk in registration may be available; please call during business hours.

Team registration: each team may include one to four people.

Time: 1 ½ hours for construction, ½ hour for judging and awards

Size Limit: 10” x 10” base

Bring friends, family, and colleagues to work together to create beautiful LEGO® structures. This year’s theme is sailboats. We can find sailboat images in four of the museum exhibitions right now.  Take inspiration from the images on view or come up with your own unique ideas.  Let your imagination run wild, share your vision, and win awards with teams from across the capital region. Basic building blocks will be supplied; however, contestants may also bring in their own.

Challenge Specifics:

  • Models must be built using only LEGO® bricks and elements. You may bring in your own pieces or we will provide you with basic bricks in a variety of sizes and a 10” x 10” base.
  • Entries must be original designs based on the theme. Commercially sold kits or published designs are not permitted.
  • Project entries must be completely assembled within the one and a half hour time limit. All assembly must be completed on site during the challenge; no pre-built parts will be permitted.
  • Your team may choose to practice building your model prior to the day of the building challenge.
  • Feel free to bring sketches, drawings, and photographs to use as reference.
  • Judging will occur during the assembly time as well as after final assembly. Participants will have the opportunity to describe their structure as part of the judging process.
  • During the competition, children under 12 must be supervised by the adults who brought them; they cannot be left alone.

Please note that space is limited, and pre-registration is required.

For more information contact Sarah Clowe at 518-463-4478- ext 435 or e-mail to

If using a mobile device to register please switch your viewing options to full desktop view in order to complete the registration.

Participation in the event assumes consent for photographs to be used for museum purposes unless participants otherwise notify The Albany Institute of History & Art.

LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO® Group of Companies which does not sponsor, authorize, or endorse this event.

Free Admission Day

Monday, October 14 • 10:00am - 5:00pm

Enjoy free admission to the galleries, courtesy of M&T Bank!


FAMILY PROGRAM Explore! Ancient Egypt

All Ages: Sunday, November 3 • 12:00pm - 4:30pm

Come celebrate the 110th anniversary of the arrival of the two mummies at the Albany Institute. Children are invited to bring in a small doll or stuffed animal and learn about the mummification process by mummifying their toy! Families will also enjoy hearing lively tales from Ancient Egyptian myths, face painting, and learning more about Ancient Egypt from our museum docents in the galleries.

Included with museum admission

  • Tales of Ancient Egypt Storytelling: 1:00-2:00
  • Face Painting: 12:00-3:00
  • Doll Mummification: 12:00-4:30

HOMESCHOOL DAY Schuyler Sisters and the Age of Revolution

6-14: Thursday, November 21 • 10:00am - 12:00pm

Schuyler Sisters and the Age of Revolution
Ages 6 -14
$7 student

Join us for a special program just for homeschoolers, and explore the revolutionary time period through the Schuyler Sisters and Their Circle exhibition.  The Schuyler family was a notable Dutch family who resided in the local Capital Region.  The family and the 3 eldest sisters have been in the spotlight lately due to the popularity of Hamilton: An American Musical which features the Schuyler sisters and their connection to Alexander Hamilton. In this program, we’ll discover history in the galleries, and create hands on art inspired by the time period to take home.  This program is offered for children 6 to 14. Students will be placed into two groups based on age.


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Participation in the event assumes consent for photographs to be used for museum purposes unless participants otherwise notify the Albany Institute of History & Art.