Public Programs

The Albany Institute presents a broad range of public programs related to our collections, exhibitions, and special projects. Programs are currently being offered in both virtual and in-person formats. 

In-person programming is limited to small group sizes for COVID safety and are subject to be cancelled or translated to online formats should changes occur in community COVID levels and CDC recommendations.

October Book & Art Club

Adult: Thursday, October 28 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Led by a museum educator and a librarian, this partnership program between the Albany Institute and the Albany Public Library explores the intersection of books and art with examples, insight, and enjoyable conversation.

Free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required. 

October's Book:

Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving

Register:  here.

A free digital copy of  can be accessed here . If  you have any questions please reach out to Victoria Waldron, Museum Educator, at one of the following: 518-463-4478 ext 404 or waldronv@albanyinstitute.org.

Family Tours with Victoria Wyeth

9 and up: Sunday, October 31 • 9:30am - 10:30am 9 and up: Sunday, October 31 • 11:00am - 12:00pm

SPECIAL FAMILY TOURS
Family Tours with Victoria Wyeth
Sunday, October 31,2021 | 9:30AM & 11AM
Ages 9+ recommended (Adults must be accompanied by youth for this tour)
Regular museum admission rates apply for this special tour

Join Victoria Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth’s granddaughter and Jamie Wyeth’s niece, for a personal reflection on her family’s artwork in a special before-hours family tour of The Wyeths: Three Generations | Works from the Bank of America Collection.Two tour times available. Please select either 9:30 AM or 11:00 AM Tour tickets include museum admission for the day.

Space is limited and registration is required. Ticket sales end 24 hours before tour time.
The tour is recommended for ages 9+ and accompanying adult. All family members attending must register.

Click here to register:

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Questions? Email Sarah Clowe at clowes@albanyinstitute.org

Happenin' Halloween

All Ages: Sunday, October 31 • 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Happenin’ Halloween 
Sunday, October 31, 2021
12–3:00PM | Outdoor activities weather permitting
Outdoor activities are free and we’re offering free admission to guests dressed in costume!
(Rain Date of Saturday November 13)

 Did you know the Wyeth family of artists loved to celebrate Halloween? Join us to explore the exhibition The Wyeths: Three Generations | Works from the Bank of America Collection and enjoy fun family activities outside on the museum grounds. Events planned include pumpkin head chalk paint, pumpkin-themed art projects (available to complete on-site or to bring with you in a to-go format), and a balloon artist. Dress in costume and receive free museum admission! 

12:00-2:00 Balloon twisting with Bruce Bowey
12:00-3:00 Pumpkin & Pumpkin-Head themed Chalk & Chalk Paint
12:00-3:00 Pumpkin themed art projects: Marbled Paper Pumpkins & Jack O'Lantern Sensory Bags

ADULT ART WORKSHOP Paint & Learn: Adirondack Mountains

Adult: Saturday, November 6 • 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Join us for a guided painting 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.  The original painting is currently on view in the Romancing the Rails: Train Travel in the 1920s and 1930s exhibition.

Artist Noreen Powell will lead participants through the process of creating a mountain landscape while breaking the composition into guided painting steps.

All materials are included with the registration fee. Registration is required.


Please note that while this program is scheduled to be onsite at the museum, should conditions evolve regarding Covid-19 safety we reserve the right to convert this event to a virtual platform.

For further questions about this program, you may email clowes@albanyinstitute.org or call 518-463-4478 ext. 435.

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$30.00

November Art du Jour

Adult: Wednesday, November 10 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Wednesday, November 10, 1PM

Take a break! This virtual program features a relaxed, explorative discussion of the painting On the Sea Wall with John Paul Jones by N.C. Wyeth. Participants will be guided through a contemplative analysis of the painting by a member of the education staff. The guided discussion will be about 30-45 minutes, perfect for a break from your busy day at work or at home. No background in art is required to enjoy this program, but reservations are required.

$10 suggested donation | Register  here 

The conversation will be offered live via Zoom with a Q&A session. All participants will receive the Zoom link at least one hour before the lecture to the email used during registration.

IMAGE: On the Sea Wall with John Paul Jones | For a long moment Paul Jones gazed out over the crowded shipping, down the long narrow harbor, out to the open water. He whistled dolefully between his teeth. N. C. Wyeth(1882–1945), 1928, oil on canvas, Bank of America Collection

November Book & Art Club

Adult: Thursday, November 18 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Led by a museum educator and a librarian, this partnership program between the Albany Institute and the Albany Public Library explores the intersection of books and art with examples, insight, and enjoyable conversation.

Free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required. 

November's Book | The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Register: HERE 

A free digital copy of can be accessed HERE

If you have any questions please reach out to Victoria Waldron, Museum Educator, at one of the following: 518-463-4478 ext 404 or waldronv@albanyinstitute.org.

December Art du Jour: Evening Snow Scene

Adult: Wednesday, December 8 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Take a break! This virtual program features a relaxed, explorative discussion of the painting Evening Snow Scene  by Clinton Loveridge. Participants will be guided through a contemplative analysis of the painting by a member of the education staff. The guided discussion will be about 30-45 minutes, perfect for a break from your busy day at work or at home. No background in art is required to enjoy this program, but reservations are required.

$10 suggested donation | Register  here 

The conversation will be offered live via Zoom with a Q&A session. All participants will receive the Zoom link at least one hour before the lecture to the email used during registration.