Family Days

The museum galleries have re-opened, however, in-person events remain on hold. Online events such as performances, lectures, art programs, and more are occuring and details can be found at our virtual Museum at Home!

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.

Build Your Own Train Design Challenge

All Ages: Saturday, January 8 - 31 • 10:00am - 4:30pm

Virtual/At Home Train Design Challenge

Climb aboard our design challenge and engineer your own train design! Join in on this creative challenge from home and submit photos of your designs to be showcased together in a digital gallery with other creatives.
Train models can be created in traditional or futuristic forms. We look forward to seeing what you make!

1. Take a look at pictures of trains for inspiration. (images like Thoroughbreds by Walter Greene can be found in our Collections Database on our website).  

2. Search your home for materials to build with.  Your recycling bin can be a great source and empty boxes, egg cartons, paper towel tubes, and more may all be used to build creative train models.

3. If you'd like some inspiration you can check out pictures and craft instructions for homemade train art and models on our Pinterest board here: Build Your Own Train Design Challenge Inspo

4. Share photos of your creations in one of 3 ways!

-Post photos of your designs by uploading onto our Google form here:

-On social media with the tag #albanyinstitute

- Email our Director of Art Programs at

More Art Opportunities

Enjoy your visit to the museum and create an art activity inspired by the exhibitions and collections. Art for All: Art to Go activities are activity sets available to take home and are available at the admissions desk during open museum hours.  Activities are included with museum admission and are open for all museum visitors.

Art for All is sponsored in part by Stewart's Shops