School & Group Tours

The Albany Institute of History & Art is dedicated to excellence in education.  We offer unique learning opportunities that address NY state and National Learning Standards, integrating Visual Arts, English Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics through object based learning.  All of the fun and engaging experiences offered are based on the Institute's renowned collections and are led by experienced educators, and professionally trained docents.

Lessons incorporate hands-on activities to strengthen gallery learning through programs that build visual thinking and interdisciplinary skills.  In addition, each lesson offers the option of an art making activity.

Programs are designed to be age-appropriate and actively engage school children in object based learning. Typical school visits are two hours and include a one hour lesson the the gallery and a one hour art making activity in the studio.  Most programs can accommodate 60 students.  Groups are required to have one adult chaperone for every ten students.

Program Fees:

  • Gallery Lesson $6.00 per student
  • Gallery Lesson with Art Making Activity $7.00 per student
  • Prices include one chaperone per every ten students
  • Additional chaperones are $10.00 each

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School Program Brochure

Free School Programs

Funding is available to provide free field trips to Title I schools and other community organizations in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady counties during the 2019-2020 school year. Eligible schools and organizations are able to receive free admission to the museum, a tour led by trained docents, a hands-on art activity, and reimbursement of transportation costs. Teachers can choose any available school program listed on our website.

This opportunity is now available to eligible schools and community organizations. Please contact (518) 463-4478 ext. 404 or to discuss booking a program. Spaces are limited and funding is available on a first come, first serve basis.

Reservations are now being accepted for the 2019-2020 school year.

Lead program support is provided by the Review Foundation. Major program support is provided by the Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation and CDPHP.