Public Programs

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

CURATOR TOUR The Schuyler Sisters & Their Circle

Monday, September 16 • 10:00am - 11:15am Monday, October 7 • 10:00am - 11:15am Tuesday, October 8 • 10:00am - 11:15am Monday, November 18 • 10:00am - 11:15am Monday, December 16 • 10:00am - 11:15am

Diane Shewchuk, Curator

From the complex family trees and recently "discovered" Schuyler connections in the Albany Institute's collection to the stories of bringing loans in from other museums, join us for this curator tour of The Schuyler Sisters & Their Circle exhibition.

$25 per person

Space is limited and registration is required. Call (518) 463-4478 ext. 465 to register.

 

Dates:

Monday, September 16 | SOLD OUT
Monday, October 7 | SOLD OUT
Tuesday, October 8 | SOLD OUT
Monday, November 18 
Monday, December 16

$25.00

HOMESCHOOL DAY Schuyler Sisters and the Age of Revolution

6-14: Thursday, November 21 • 10:00am - 12:00pm

Schuyler Sisters and the Age of Revolution
Ages 6 -14
$7 student
Registration is at full capacity

Join us for a special program just for homeschoolers, and explore the revolutionary time period through the Schuyler Sisters and Their Circle exhibition.  The Schuyler family was a notable Dutch family who resided in the local Capital Region.  The family and the 3 eldest sisters have been in the spotlight lately due to the popularity of Hamilton: An American Musical which features the Schuyler sisters and their connection to Alexander Hamilton. In this program, we’ll discover history in the galleries, and create hands on art inspired by the time period to take home.  This program is offered for children 6 to 14. Students will be placed into two groups based on age.

 

  • Registration is at full capacity.

Participation in the event assumes consent for photographs to be used for museum purposes unless participants otherwise notify the Albany Institute of History & Art.

$7.00

GALLERY TALK: The Schuyler Sisters and their Circle

General: Wednesday, August 14 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Thursday, August 15 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Friday, August 16 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Saturday, August 17 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Sunday, August 18 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Wednesday, August 21 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Thursday, August 22 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Friday, August 23 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Saturday, August 24 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Sunday, August 25 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Thursday, August 29 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Thursday, September 5 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Thursday, September 12 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Thursday, September 19 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Thursday, September 26 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Thursday, October 3 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Thursday, October 10 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Thursday, October 17 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Thursday, October 24 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Thursday, October 31 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Thursday, November 7 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Thursday, November 14 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Thursday, November 21 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Thursday, December 5 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Thursday, December 12 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Thursday, December 19 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Thursday, December 26 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Led by Museum Educators or Volunteer Docents

Join us for a tour of this exhibition about the Schuyler Sisters featured in the hit Broadway show, Hamilton: An American Musical.

  • Included with museum admission

Dutch Taste & Traditions Day

General: Sunday, November 24 • 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Experience Albany's Dutch Heritage in this special program!

Visitors of all ages will experience the Dutch heritage of the Albany area. This special day at the museum features an educational program about Dutch traditions and how they influenced life in early New York, a Delft tile decorating art-making activity, and Dutch desserts in the Museum Cafe. 

This project is supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.

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  • Included with admission

Image: Dutch Tile, The Netherlands, 1620, earthenware, tin glazed with blue (cobalt) decoration, 5 h x 5 1/4 w, gift of Mr. and Mrs. William Gorham Rice1927.5.44

LECTURE: Sinterklaas, Solemn Festivals, and Scandalous and Unseemly Celebrations: Dutch Holiday Traditions in Early Albany

General: Sunday, November 24 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

During the 17th century, Dutch settlers to the Hudson River Valley brought Old World traditions and culture with them.  Long after the English takeover of New Netherland, Dutch language, traditions, and customs lingered on.  In colonial New Netherland and New York, holiday traditions followed a familiar Dutch form, but often merged with other traditions as well.  This lecture highlights the ways that Dutch holidays like Shrovetide (Carnival), Pinkster, and St. Nicholas Day were celebrated in Hudson Valley during the 17th and 18th centuries.

FREE ADMISSION WEEKEND Home for the Holidays

Friday, November 29 • 10:00am - 5:00pm Saturday, November 30 • 10:00am - 5:00pm Sunday, December 1 • 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Celebrate the start of the holiday season at the Albany Institute!

Bring friends and family to take your photograph with Santa; discover decorated trees and mantelpieces; admire a special exhibition of miniature dioramas by Joan Steiner, the award-winning illustrator and creator of the Look-Alikes® books; make crafts; shop for handmade items and one-of-a-kind gifts in our Museum Shop; savor exquisite treats from the Museum Shop; explore our current exhibitions; and more!

Sponsored by Sportsclips

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  • Free admission

 

Full schedule coming soon. 

Museum After Dark (MAD) Tour: A Winter's Ball

General: Friday, December 6 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Find out what it was like to party with George Washington! In this special tour we will explore the fashionable nightlife of early America. In the 18th century, a night at the ball allowed opportunity for gossip, discussing business or politics, forming new relationships, and of course- flirting. Come learn which Founding Fathers and Mothers liked to party!

MAD tours are exclusive themed programs that are both engaging and entertaining. The tour will include activities, little known stories about our collections, and mind-blowing facts!

Registration is required. $10 members, $12 non-members.

Register Here

$12.00

PUBLIC PROGRAM Hamiltunes 21+

21+: Thursday, December 12 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Don't throw away your shot to get in on the Hamilton fun! Join us as we sing alng to your favorite tunes from Hamilton: An American Musical in this karaoke-style event. You can sign up for songs that day on a first come, first serve basis. If you don't want to sing, just sit back, sip a drink, and enjoy the show as a member of the audience. Costumes are welcomed, but not required. This event is strictly 21+.

  • Free admission (drink and food purchase separate)

FAMILY PROGRAM Family Paint Workshop: Snowy Trees

6 and up: Friday, December 27 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Ages 6 and above
All painters must register.
Museum admission is included with registration.
$25 non-members; $20 members per painter
Click to REGISTER HERE

Join us for an afternoon of painting fun for the whole family this December school vacation break!

This special paint workshop is a great parent child bonding opportunity.  We'll take our artistic inspiration from the Walter Launt Palmer painting, White World currently on view in the museum galleries.  Together we'll paint our own snowy scene as we experiment with adding texture (impasto effect) to our work and explore tints of color to our own vibrant winter scenes.  Our Director of Art Programs will lead the group through the process of creating their own masterpieces on canvas board to bring home.

All painters must register.  Tuition includes art materials and museum admission.  Accompanying adults are required to stay on the museum premises.

For more information about the paint workshop contact Sarah Clowe at 518-463-4478 ext. 435 or e-mail clowes@albanyinstitute.org 
 

REGISTER HERE

 

Participation in the event assumes consent for photographs to be used for museum purposes unless participants otherwise notify the Albany Institute of History & Art.

$20.00

Sketch Club

Adult: Sunday, December 15 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Adult: Sunday, January 12 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Adult: Sunday, February 9 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Adult: Sunday, March 8 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Carol Coogan, Artist

Enjoy the tradition of sketching from original works of art in the museum’s collection and special exhibitions. During the program, Carol will offer participants personal guidance as well as insights on drawing techniques and observational skills.

Participants will be provided with a small student grade sketchbook or are welcome to bring a sketchbook of their own. Basic drawing materials are provided and all skill levels are welcome. Artists bringing their own supplies should note that only pencils are allowed in the museum galleries.

Registration is required are spaces are limited.

  • $15 members, $20 non-members

 

About the teaching artist: Carol Coogan is an artist, illustrator, designer, and sketchbook enthusiast. She created the Times Union’s “Backyard Naturalist" newspaper feature which she wrote and illustrated for 10 years. She is the weekly op-ed artist for The Altamont Enterprise and a freelance illustrator for Crane & Co stationery.

Dates:

December 15, 2019
January 12, 2020
February 9, 2020
March 8, 2020
 
Registration Notes:
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  • Registration cost includes museum admission.

Online registration for Sketch Club will end at 5:00 on the Friday prior to the program for administrative purposes. Walk-in registration will be available on a first come first serve basis on the day of the program.

 
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$20.00