Virtual and In-person Field Trips

Update August 2021:Masks are required for all program participants regardless of vaccination status. 

In-person Visits to the Albany Institute

The Albany Institute of History & Art is offering in-person group tours beginning July of 2021. Available programs include:

  • Ancient Egypt: Art and Culture 
  • Art, Artists, & Nature: the Hudson River School
  • Traders & Culture: Life in Colonial Albany

The Albany Institute is happy to offer limited in-person field trips for groups under the following conditions.

  1. Groups will be limited to 20 participants per 2 hour program for field trips to the Ancient Egypt and Traders & Culture exhibit. The Hudson River School exhibit has a maximum participant number of 40 for a 2 hour program.
  2. In accordance with current CDC guidelines, all group program participants are required to wear face masks during their visit to the Albany Institute of History and Art, regardless of their vaccination status. 

  3. In-person tours may be postponed or shifted to virtual programs in the event of changes to COVID-19 cases in New York State or government guidelines relating to COVID-19 social distancing protocol.

COST: In-person field trips are priced by participant. A one hour program is $6/person and there is an additional $1/person fee for an additional, hour-long art activity. Any questions about in-person field trips should be sent to Victoria Waldron at waldronv@albanyinstitute.org or 518-463-4478 ext 404.

Virtual Field Trips to the Albany Institute

Bring the museum into your classroom through virtual field trips! The Albany Institute of History & Art is offering virtual tours for schools beginning in Fall 2020. Available programs include:

  • Ancient Egypt: Art and Culture (a recorded version is now available)
  • Art, Artists, & Nature: the Hudson River School
  • Hudson River School STEAM: Art & the Environment
  • Traders & Culture: Life in Colonial Albany

Virtual programs are 45 minutes and include an interactive gallery presentation followed by a Question & Answer session. Each program is led by a museum educator who engages students and answers questions in live chat. Post visit materials will be provided to help extend these programs to meet your curriculum goals.

Zoom, Google Meet, and Microsoft Teams are currently available.

COSTVirtual field trips are $125 per program. Inquire today by emailing waldronv@albanyinstitute.org.

All programs must be booked 2-4 weeks in advance. Please refer to the calendar below for virtual field trip availability:

Recorded Tours are Now Available

If you are unable to schedule a live virtual tour, new recorded versions of the Albany Institute of History & Art's school field trips are now available. These recorded lessons are a great way to enhance your curriculum regardless of if you are teaching in-person, remotely, or hybrid. The lessons available in recorded formats are:
  • Ancient Egypt: Art and Culture
  • Art, Artists, & Nature: the Hudson River School
  • Traders & Culture: Life in Colonial Albany
 
Each video is 20-30 minutes long and includes presentations by museum educators about a variety of objects within each specific exhibition. Post visit materials will be provided to help extend these programs to meet your curriculum goals.
 
Thanks to the generous support of sponsors and community organizations, these recorded field trips are offered for FREE to all schools! To request the video links, please email Victoria Waldron, Education Assistant at waldronv@albanyinstitute.org.

Free School Programs

Funding is no longer available to provide no field trips to schools and other community organizations for the 2020-2021 school year. Please email Victoria Waldron, Museum Educator, at waldronv@albanyinstitute.org if you would like to be placed on the waitlist for 2021-2022 funding.