The museum is temporarily closed. Anticipated re-opening date: Saturday, July 25, 2020.

Updated: July 1, 2020
On July 1, New York's Capital Region began Phase 4 re-opening. While museums are part of that re-opening phase, we still have some things to do to get ready to welcome everyone back. Here's the plan: we expect to re-open to the public on Saturday, July 25, 2020. We'll share details and updates as we get closer to the date. We thank you for your patience and understanding and look forward to seeing you later this month. 
Updated: May 17, 2020
As New York State starts to re-open and guidelines for businesses continue to develop, we have once again needed to postpone the museum's open date. The museum will be closed to the public through June 30. As before, this date is subject to change. We will be opening the museum in phases and our first step will be bringing staff back onsite. We appreciate your patience and understanding at this time and we will continue to keep you informed about this process and our plans for re-opening as we move forward.
Updated: April 11, 2020
Dear Friends, 
We have decided to keep the museum closed to the public through the end of May. We have been monitoring recommendations from officials and we will continue to follow guidelines that are in the best interest of public health and safety. As you know, timelines have been a bit unpredictable and if we decide to extend the closure past the end of May, we will let you know. Thank you for your understanding and support at this time.
We are, however, happy to announce that due to some stars aligning, we WILL be able to host the 2020 Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region. We know that many of you had been wondering about that exhibition and we thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time. The exhibition will now be held September 19, 2020-January 3, 2021. We are delighted that our juror, Susan Cross, is still part of this project and we are looking forward to hosting the exhibition this fall. The Call for Entries has been adjusted to reflect this new date and submissions are now due June 28, 2020. You can find links to more information here.
And finally, but it is always at the forefront of my mind, thank you to our members and supporters for continuing to support us at this time. We love hearing from you- whether it is through an email about something you read, a comment on a post on social media, a membership renewal in the mail, a picture of some art that you made that was inspired by one of our projects, or a quick note to say hello. Know that we are thinking of you and looking forward to seeing you at the museum.
Stay well and I wish you the best,
Tammis Groft
Executive Director

Updated: March 21, 2020

Dear Friends,

The last two weeks have been a time of uncertainty and worry for us all. We have all needed to adjust to what feels like a new world and we are seeking out new ways to connect with each other to send support and strength. Despite the fact that the museum has closed, and will remain closed for some time, we are looking for ways we can provide support to our audiences now and into the future. 

Our galleries are quiet but we remain busy. It is fascinating to watch museums adapt to empty galleries. Priority for most has been placed on engaging people on digital platforms in creative ways. Art can be therapeutic and making connections (even virtually) can be healing. Check out the threads on social media keeping people entertained: #MuseumFromHome and #MuseumMomentofZen.

Although our offices are closed, we have mobilized to work from home. Our Curatorial team is researching for upcoming exhibitions and writing blog posts about our collections. In their free time, they’re following in the footsteps of many Hudson River School artists by enjoying fresh air. Our team members in the Education Department are adapting art projects for families to get creative at home and adjusting lesson plans for teachers so that our collections and exhibitions continue to educate students on Ancient Egypt and STEAM topics. 

We’ve started to collect digital materials for you to use to explore the museum remotely. We hope these will help you get creative, get inspired, and learn new things! The best way to access these resources is the homepage of our website: We’ll be updating materials and making announcements on our website, on social media, and via email.

For the safety of our visitors, staff, researchers, and volunteers, we’ve made the decision to close our galleries, café, shop, and research library through April 30, 2020. All programs and events during that time period will be canceled or postponed.

Stay curious and connect with us online. We look forward to welcoming you back to the museum when we can. In the meantime, welcome to your Museum at Home – a first in our 229 year history.

Be well and all the best,

Tammis K. Groft
Executive Director


Updated: March 16, 2020

Dear Friends,

In these uncertain and challenging times, our priority is the health and safety of our visitors, staff, researchers, and volunteers. As such, we have made the decision to temporarily close our galleries, shop, café, and research library to the public effective Monday, March 16. At this time, we will plan to re-open April 1, 2020. Any changes to that schedule will be announced on our website, through our social media channels, and via email.

We are committed to playing our part in containing the transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and although there have been no confirmed cases of the virus with the museum, we will use this closure period to complete a thorough cleaning of our building. We will also explore opportunities to share information and activities with you while we are closed. Please visit our website and social media to stay up-to-date and connect with us on our virtual platforms. We plan to offer opportunities for digital engagement with behind-the-scenes content, sneak peeks of exhibitions, online lesson plans, and more.

Be well and we look forward to seeing you at the museum again.



Tammis K. Groft
Executive Director


Updated: March 13, 2020

Dear Friends,

From all of us here at the Albany Institute of History & Art, please know that we have and will continue to monitor developments around the state and region related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Our primary concern is the safety of our visitors, staff, researchers, and volunteers. We are grateful for a loyal community that is patient with us as we navigate these challenging times. With that in mind, all public programs and events from March 14 - March 31, 2020 are postponed. At that point, we will re-evaluate our plans and update you once more. Programs that are canceled or postponed include:

  • Guided gallery tours
  • Art for All drop-in art making on Saturdays
  • March 15 | Art workshops (adult and youth) with artist Ruby Silvious
  • March 24 | Art Connects
  • March 26 | Last Night: A Prohibition-Style Cocktail Party at Speakeasy 518
  • March 30 | Annual Meeting of the Membership

If you have purchased tickets or made reservations for these events, staff will contact you with information about refunds. New event dates will be announced as soon as possible. Should you have any questions, please contact us at (518) 463-4478 during our regular open hours. At this time, we are continuing to plan for events in 2020. We will continue to share with you any scheduling changes that may happen related to 2020 events as information is available.  

For now, we will continue to operate our standard open hours for our galleries, research library, shop, and cafe. Our galleries are an opportunity for reflection and solace in a time of great uncertainty. The museum is a low-contact venue and visitors are reminded to practice social distancing and observe careful health and sanitation measures while they are here. We have increased our daily cleaning protocols, disinfecting high-use public spaces and surfaces including restrooms, elevators, handrails, tabletops, and doorknobs. We encourage those who feel ill to stay home.

Stay tuned to our website and social media to stay up to date and connect with us on more on a virtual platform. We plan to increase opportunities for digital engagement with behind-the-scenes content, sneak peeks of exhibitions, online lesson plans, and more. In these uncertain and challenging times, our priority will remain the health and safety of our visitors, staff, researchers, and volunteers.

Be well and all the best,

Tammis K. Groft
Executive Director


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 Tips from Health Experts: 

  • Wash your hands often using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 
  • Use hand sanitizers if you are not able to wash your hands. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. 
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick. 
  • Stay home if you are sick. 
  • Use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.  Discard the tissue and wash your hands.
  • Elbow bumps are encouraged as an alternative greeting to handshakes or hugs. 


Through four centuries, the Albany Institute’s renowned collections and exhibitions have comprised the definitive expression of the cultural, historic, and artistic heritage of this historic region. From its world-renowned Hudson River School collection, to the famous Albany Mummies, to the wide range of performances, lectures, and festivals, to its outstanding educational and family programming, each year this dynamic and engaging institution provides thousands of visitors of all ages and interests with a splendid museum experience.