Fundraising Galas & Events

SPECIAL EVENT Tulip Trivia: The History and Mystery of Albany's Tulip Festival

Wednesday, May 10 • 7:30pm - 9:00pm



Hosted by @AlbanyArchives Matt Malette and the City of Albany Gardener Jess Morgan

Think you know Albany’s history? Join us for a fun-filled event in honor of Tulip Festival!

$10 per person: light fare, cash bar | Sign-up online at

This event is presented in conjunction with the City of Albany and the Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau and sponsored by All Over Albany.


Proceeds go to support the Albany-Nijmegen Sister-City Projects of the Capital City Fund

IMAGE: Workmen Installing Tulip Festival Advertisement, Unidentified photographer, Gelatin silver print, ht. 8 1/2" x w. 6", Albany Institute of History & Art Library, Morris Gerber Collection_F49B26P_1993.010.5478P


There are three events on May 10:


The Sister City Project: Albany-Nijmegen

Albany Medical Center
The Dutch Settlers Society of Albany
The Foy Fund of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region
Jay Harold Jakovic, Esq.
Charles M. Liddle III & Nancy H. Liddle Fund of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region
New York State Archives & New York State Archives Partnership Trust
Chet and Karen Opalka
Palace Theatre
Park Albany
Frank and Sarah Slingerland
Standish Family Fund of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region

Special Thanks to The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region

Behind-the-Scenes Collections Tours

Thursday, April 20 • 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Curious about where we store our collections? Want to see some of the things that are not on view?

Take a tour with curator Diane Shewchuk and get a glimpse behind-the-scenes at the oldest museum in New York State.

Space is limited to 12. RSVP required.

$15 per person | RSVP to (518) 463-4478 ext 412


MEMBER EVENT Annual Meeting

Monday, April 3 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Members are invited to join the AIHA Board of Trustees for a reception with light refreshments followed by an illustrated review of 2016.

Then, join the curatorial staff for a special tour of the exhibition New to the Collections and get a sneak peek at some of the 2017 acquisitions to the collection.

Free, but RSVPs are required | RSVP online or to (518) 463-4478 ext.412 or

Home for the Holidays: Free Thanksgiving Weekend

Friday, November 25 • 10:00am - 5:00pm Saturday, November 26 • 10:00am - 5:00pm Sunday, November 27 • 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Come to the Albany Institute this Thanksgiving weekend for a variety of holiday themed programs and events. We'll be decked out in winter wonder and ready to welcome you and your out-of-town guests!

  • Visit with a live reindeer (12-4pm on Friday and 11am-3pm on Saturday)
  • Take your photograph with Santa (12-4pm Friday—Sunday)
  • Discover decorated trees and mantlepieces
  • Admire a special exhibition of miniature dioramas by Joan Steiner, an award-winning illustrator and creator of the Look-Alikes® books
  • Make handmade ornaments (Opening-4:30)
  • Shop for handmade items and one-of-a-kind gifts in our Museum Shop
  • Savor exquisite treats from Crisan Bakery
  • Enjoy special opportunities, like a hands-on family activity with author Amy Halloran that explores grains and flour and bread (Sunday from 2—4pm)
  • Explore our current exhibitions, including The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design, Spotlight: Alexander Hamilton, and Rock & Roll Icons: Photographs by Patrick Harbron
  • Get tickets for great raffle baskets and win wonderful items


Elizabeth Sonneborn | Capital Wine | Fenimore Asset Management, Inc. | Price Chopper's Golub Foundation | Woodland Hill Montessori School

Rock the Museum

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Saturday, November 12 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Hudson Valley and New York City resident Patrick Harbron began his career photographing the icons of rock and roll. From Blondie to The Who, Harbron has captured these artists and many others at pivotal moments in their careers. Now, explore more than 70 of his concert and portrait photographs of influential musicians from the 1970s and 1980s. This exhibition also includes some of Harbron's concert posters, memorabilia, and souvenirs, as well as guitars from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

food | drink | music

concert attire encouraged

$25 AIHA members/ $35 non-members

sign up here or call 518.463.4478 ext 403

RSVP by November 8


Exhibition sponsors: Bank of America

David & Lois Swawite

Lavelle & Finn, LLP

Campito Plumbing & Heating | Digitalx-Press

Work of Art

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Thursday, November 3 • 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Celebrating 225 Years of History & Art

Join us for the 5th annual Work of Art fundraiser!

Preview our upcoming exhibition Rock & Roll Icons: Photographs by Patrick Harbron, savor delicious hors d’oeuvres by Mazzone Catering courtesy of John J. Nigro, and enjoy music by Peg and Bill Delaney.

This event features a contemporary art auction with a wide selection of pieces by local artists. Bid in this silent auction to spruce up your own home or find the perfect gift, all while supporting local artists and the Albany Institute.*

Tickets are available for purchase at $75 for members; $100 for non-members. For more information please contact Briana at (518) 463-4478 ext. 412 or 

RSVP has been extended to October 27, 2016.

*Proceeds from the art auction are split 50/50 between the artist and the Albany Institute. Check out samples of the artwork here.


2016 Museum Gala

Saturday, June 11 • 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Please join us and be a part of the 2016 Annual Museum Gala.

This year marks the 225th anniversary of the Albany Institute of History & Art. It is with pleasure that the museum announces its 2016 Gala will celebrate the Albany Institute’s 225th anniversary and founding in 1791, when George Washington was President.  Our 2016 Museum Gala will be held on Saturday June 11, 2016 at the estate of our gracious hosts, Catherine and Bernard Conners, in Loudonville, New York.

This not-to-be missed evening will begin with cocktails and a viewing of the Belmont Stakes followed by a lovely seated dinner by Mazzone Catering. Throughout the night, auctions with auctioneer Dr. Mark Fruiterman, performance, and dancing  accompanied by the Silver Arrow Band will create a truly memorable event as we support a worthy cause.




Hudson Valley Hops 2016

Saturday, April 16 • 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Thanks to sponsors and participants for making the 5th annual Hudson Valley Hops a success!

Steve Barnes of the Times Union’s Table Hopping, celebrity judges Ric Orlando from New World Bistro, Dimitrios Menagias from the City Beer Hall, Silvia Meder Lilly from The Lark + Lily and Beer Master, Sarah Jane McLaughlin of New World Bistro.



And of course, a very happy 35th anniversary to Wm.Newman's Pale Ale!



50 OBJECTS PROGRAM Representing Rensselaer County

Sunday, January 10 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Kathryn Sheehan, the Rensselaer County and Troy City Historian and Registrar at the Rensselaer County Historical Society

Join us for an insider's view of many of the most intriguing objects in our exhibition. Sheehan's whirlwind talk will range from the little-known Witenagemot Tree to the Collar City's world renowned industrial products.

Free with museum admission

Patty Tobin Fine Fashion Jewelry Trunk Sale

Join us for a special evening of wearing, sharing, and collecting Patty Tobin’s delightful jewelry, including the raffle of a one of a kind piece that the Institute’s collection inspired Patty to make just for us. The piece is a beautiful necklace made of citrine gemstones. Raffle tickets will be available for $10 each. 


Free admission. RSVP to Briana at (518) 463-4478, ext. 412 or

Proceeds benefit the Albany Institute of History & Art.