Public Programs

The museum galleries have reopened, yet to continue to meet safety precautions onsite programming will not occur until 2021. Online events such as performances, lectures, art programs, and more are occuring and details can be found at our virtual Museum at Home!

The Albany Institute presents a broad range of public programs related to our collections, exhibitions, and special projects.

Book and Art Club

Adults: Thursday, December 3 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm

December Book

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

Register: here

A free digital copy of  The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend can be accessed here. If you have any questions please reach out to Victoria Waldron, Education Assistant at one of the following: 518-463-4478 ext 404 or OR Amy Brozio-Andrews, Readers Services Librarian, 518-427-4300 or


Image: KK Kozik. Czech. 2019. With permission from the artist



CHILDREN'S ZOOM ART WORKSHOP: Ancient Egyptian Jewelry & Symbolism

Friday, December 4, 3:30PM-5:00PM
$15 non-members; $10 members
Recommended ages 8 and above

Join us as we admire the jewelry and symbols from ancient Egypt including examples from the museum’s own ancient Egyptian displays. We’ll create our own versions of scarab heart amulets, and other wearables inspired by artifacts while using everyday household materials. This workshop fulfills many of the requirements for the Junior Jewelry Girl Scout badge.  A supply list will be provided with household materials to be used. Space is limited and registration is required. 


Supply list: ½ cup flour, ¼ cup salt, ¼ cup water, food coloring, tin foil, lightweight cardboard such as a recycled cereal or snack box or poster board, string, scissors, glue, toothpick, and a permanent marker 

(Gluten-free? We've heard that gluten-free varieties of flour also will work for our planned salt dough)

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December Art du Jour: Judge Van Aernum in his Sleigh

Adult: Wednesday, December 16 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Take a break! This virtual program features a relaxed, explorative discussion of Judge Van Aernum in his Sleigh  by Thomas Kirby Van Zandt.  Participants will be guided through a contemplative analysis of the painting by a member of the education staff. We will also explore recent conservation treatments to this painting. The guided discussion will be approximately 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. Reservations required. Suggested donation $10.

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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.