Fundraising Galas & Events

Farewell to Sekhmet

Thursday, August 12 • 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Join us on Thursday, August 12 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM in bidding a fond farewell to Sekhmet before she returns to the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology in California. Dr. Peter Lacovara, Director of the Ancient Egyptian Archaeology and Heritage Fund, will give a short presentation about Sekhmet. A reception with light refreshments and red beer to follow.

In Egyptian mythology, Sekhmet is a warrior goddess often depicted as a lioness and seen as the protector of the pharaohs. Since 2013, a bust of Sekhmet has been on loan to the Albany Institute and on view in the Ancient Egypt galleries. It was one of dozens of black granite statues located at the temple of Mut at Karnak, the same complex where one of the Albany Institute's mummies, Ankhefenmut, resided as a priest and sculptor during his lifetime.

Tickets are $25 per person. Space is limited and registration is required. Please register here.

We will be following current New York State COVID Guidelines. If you have any questions please contact Sarah Kirby, Development Assistant, at or 518-463-4478 ext. 414.


2021 Museum Gala

Thursday, June 10 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm

We are delighted to invite you to the 2021 Museum Gala held virtually on Thursday, June 10 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The evening, A Night of Gratitude, will feature videos of exclusive behind-the-scenes tours, program and community highlights, surprise guests, and a signature meal. The evening will include a sneak peak of our new exhibition, Romancing the Rails: Train Travel in the 1920s and 1930s.

This year the Albany Institute is recognizing and thanking Our Community which has supported us throughout the museum’s history, and especially during 2020, a challenging year for all. At the gala we will thank all the members, visitors, artists, families, corporations, foundations, and volunteers. Generous community support made it possible for our staff to dream, innovate, and provide access to art, history, and culture for audiences of all ages by developing on-site and virtual programming. Through art and history, we can connect, discover, create, and embrace joy.

The Museum Gala is our largest annual fundraiser; the impact of your contribution will support programs throughout the year - outdoor pop-up exhibitions, virtual and on-site school field trips, free online lectures and demonstrations, art workshops, and new exhibitions. Your support is key to our financial sustainability at a time when all of us need to embrace the arts for our collective future well-being. Museums improve our quality of life by providing opportunities for discovery, creativity, and joy.

Tickets are now on sale! Purchase a ticket online or by calling Ellie Burhans at 518.463.4478 ext. 402 or email RSVP deadline is Tuesday, June 1.

MEMBER EVENT Annual Meeting of the Membership 2020

Monday, September 21 • 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Members are invited to join the Albany Institute's Board of Trustees for a virtual meeting to learn about the museum's accomplishments in 2019 and its plans for the rest of this year. A link to the meeting will be sent the day of the meeting.

Free, but reservations are required. RSVP online or to Ellie Burhans at (518) 463-4478 ext. 402 or email

Tea & Culture: Chinese Tea Ceremony

Saturday, April 25 • 10:30am - 12:00pm

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Join us in exploring China's unique history of tea and how it has influenced Chinese culture. Members of the East Asia Studies Department at the University at Albany will guide us through a thousand years of tea and history before performing a Chinese tea ceremony with special participant Ruby Silvious. 

Reservations encouraged. Please call Ellie at (518) 463-4478, ext. 402.

  • $10 for Albany Institute members | $12 non-members


MEMBER ONLY PROGRAM Tour of Mohawk Fine Paper Company

Wednesday, April 22 • 9:00am - 11:00am

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 | 9—11AM

Inspired by the exhibit Recycled & Refashioned: The Art of Ruby Silvious, we are hosting a special members-only tour of the Mohawk Fine Paper Company in Cohoes, New York.

Mohawk cares about the environment and is committed to a sustainable future. They source pulp from sustainable forests, use recycled fiber, conserve water, and harness wind power for their mills' electrical energy. The company combines a legacy of the region's manufacturing with innovation to create a sustainable future. We will tour the facility and learn how recycled materials becomes paper.

Space is limited and reservations are required. Tour details and meeting place provided upon registration. No open-toed shoes permitted. 

To register, please call Ellie at (518) 463-4478, ext. 402.

  • Free for Albany Institute of History & Art members

MEMBER EVENT Member Appreciation Day in the Museum Shop and Cafe

Thursday, March 5 • 10:00am - 3:00pm Thursday, March 12 • 10:00am - 3:00pm Thursday, March 19 • 10:00am - 3:00pm Thursday, March 26 • 10:00am - 3:00pm

Exclusive to Albany Institute members!

All day, take 15% off on regular merchandise in the shop and enjoy free coffee in the cafe.

Not yet a member? Learn more here and sign up here!

Work of Art

Wednesday, November 6 • 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Work of Art at the Albany Institute of History & Art is an annual cocktail party and silent art auction that celebrates and promotes one of our region’s greatest assets: its vibrant community of regional artists. 

This year, Work of Art will be on Wednesday, November 6th from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the galleries of the Albany Institute. We are thrilled to announce that we are honoring Willie Marlowe, a beloved area artist who has exhibited work from our own Capital Region to national and international shows in Chicago, NYC, London, Venice, Berlin, and more. She will be honored for her contribution to the region’s cultural and artistic landscape as an artist and a professor for almost 50 years. 

At Work of Art, guests will enjoy fine fare while exploring the galleries. A silent auction will feature works by contemporary artists, continuing the Institute’s support of our area’s vibrant community of regional artists. Proceeds from the auction are shared between the Albany Institute and the artists, encouraging art creators and art patrons to connect during a night to remember. The deadline to submit artwork for consideration is now closed.

Tickets for this event are no longer available online.

Thank you to our Honorary Committee!

Thank you to our Corporate Sponsors!


Exhibition Reception: The Schuyler Sisters & Their Circle

Tuesday, July 23 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Enjoy refreshments and raise a glass to the Schuyler sisters at the exhibition opening on July 23, 2019 from 5-7PM.

  • Albany Institute of History & Art Members: Free
  • Friends of Schuyler Mansion Members: Free
  • General Public: $10 per person

RSVP before July 19, 2019. Online ticketing for this event is now closed.

IMAGE: Portrait of Angelica Schuyler Church with her child and servant by John Trumbull, 1784, oil on canvas, private collection


PARTNER PROGRAM The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh

Thursday, April 11 • 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Hosted by the Fort Orange Garden Club

Katherine Aalto, Author

Join author Katherine Aalto and the Fort Orange Garden Club for a reception with light refreshments and a special lecture. Aalto, author of The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood, will take us on a journey into the real Ashdown Forest, which inspired one of the most iconic settings in children’s literature. You will discover the real places that inspired the stories as well as the rare flora and fauna of this forest. A.A. Milne’s tender adventures offer a hymn to those days of doing nothing while yet learning everything.

  • Space is limited and reservation are requested. Pricing and RSVP information available on the Fort Orange Garden Club’s website:


IMAGE: Winne The Pooh, Everedy Modeling Material, The Embossing Company, Albany, N.Y., gift of Walter Wheeler, 2009.34.12A

SPECIAL PROGRAM Jewelry Appraisal Day

Saturday, March 30 • 10:30am - 2:00pm

Come to the museum to have well-known local appraiser, Mark Lawson, and a team of certified gemologists tell you the fair market value of your jewelry.

  • Appraisals are $5 per piece of jewelry with a limit of three per person.


Be sure to see the jewels on display in the exhibition Bejeweled and Bedazzled: Jewelry and Personal Adornment. This exhibition is included with regular museum admission.

Mark Lawson Antiques is a Major Sponsor of Bejeweled and Bedazzled.


More about the team:

Diane Burke has been appraising jewelry in the Capital District area for the past 20 years. She has a Graduate Gemologist degree from the Gemological Institute of America and is a Senior Member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers.  Diane owns and operates A+ Associates Gemological Laboratory located in Troy N.Y. and provides gemological and jewelry appraisal services of all kinds including gem identification, diamond and gem verification, insurance and estate appraisals and verbal consultations.

Joyce Panitch holds a Graduate Gemologist diploma from the Gemological Institute of America. She is a Senior Member of The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers, and holds a Registered Master Valuer diploma. Joyce is the owner of Alpha Gem Lab in Albany, New York. She does not buy or sell, and has provided independent, unbiased appraisals for almost twenty years.