Welcome back to the Albany Institute of History & Art!

The museum is open! 

Click here for information about timed tickets.  We are strongly encouraging timed tickets at this time, but do welcome walk-in visitors as well. Timed ticket sales end 24 hours in advance. If you have missed the opportunity to purchase timed tickets for a particular time slot, please call our Visitor Services at (518) 463-4478 to see if there is space available.

AIHA has developed a plan to ensure the health and safety of our visitors and staff in accordance with guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and the New York State Department of Health. Also, in accordance with these guidelines, the museum has increased cleaning and disinfecting procedures in place.

Please read the guidelines below and help us provide a safe and healthy museum experience.

Safety Guidelines

  • If you are sick or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please visit another time.
    • CDC's list of symptoms of Coronavirus
    • Please note that New York State has issued a COVID-19 Travel Advisory restricting travel from certain states. You can find more information and the list of restricted states here.
  • All staff and visitors over the age of 2 must wear a mask or face covering while at the museum. Free single-use masks will be available at the Admissions Desk if you do not bring one.
  • Please practice social distancing by maintaining a minimum distance of six feet from those outside your party.
  • Visitors are encouraged to use hand sanitizing stations positioned throughout the museum, and thoroughly wash hands in the restroom.
  • Follow posted directional markers and signs indicating occupancy limits.

Digital Maps and Guides

Digital versions of our Museum Map and our Gallery Guide to the Hudson River School exhibition are available for your visit.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have timed tickets or may I reserve a time to visit ahead of time?

Yes! Timed tickets are strongly encouraged and may be purchased online here. Timed tickets are available up to 24 hours before your visit (so if you would like to visit at 1PM on Saturday, please purchase your ticket prior to 1PM on Friday). While the museum will accept walk-in visitors and cash payments, our Visitor Services team will closely monitor the number of guests in the museum at one time to ensure we are at appropriate capacity limits and may ask walk-in guests to wait or return on another day.


What exhibitions are open?

These exhibitions are currently open: A Sense of Time: The Historical Art of L. F. Tantillo, A Fresh Look at Eighteenth-Century PortraitsFellow Citizens! DeWitt Clinton's Broadsides of the Early RepublicThe Hudson River School: Landscapes from the Albany Institute, Ancient Egypt, and Traders & Culture: Colonial Albany and the Formation of American Identity.


Can I take a guided tour of the Museum? Are any programs or events taking place?

At this time, all on-site programs, including guided tours, have been suspended. Connect with us online to experience our virtual programs, exhibitions, and features.


What can I bring with me to the Museum?

We ask that you do not bring in large bags so that we may minimize contact for our Visitor Services team members who handle bags when they must be stored. If you do need to bring a large bag, the museum will provide a large plastic bin into which you’ll place your bag for storage during your visit. We ask that you do not bring in outside food or beverage, as we cannot hold water bottles or other containers at the Admissions Desk.


Is the Research Library open?

Until further notice, the Library is open by appointment only. To make an appointment, please contact Librarian/Archivist Hannah Cox at coxh@albanyinstitute.org or call (518) 463-4478 ext. 415.


How is the museum creating a safe environment for visitors?

Our Buildings & Grounds team is cleaning and disinfecting frequently using products and procedures outlined as best practices by the Centers for Disease Control and New York State Department of Health. We have installed clear plexiglass shields at our Admissions Desk, Museum Shop, and Museum Café to ensure safety for staff and guests, there are hand sanitizing stations throughout the museum site, as well as signs indicating occupancy limits and policy reminders.


Is the museum fully accessible for my visit?

The Albany Institute is ADA-accessible for visitors. Please use the rear (Dove/Elk Street) entrance by the parking lot. When using the elevators, please limit usage to one visiting party at a time. Elevators and other high-use areas will be sanitized throughout the day. The Museum has wheelchairs that will be sanitized prior to use, but we encourage bringing your own.


Can I use cash to make purchases at the museum?

The Admissions Desk, Museum Shop, and Museum Café are equipped with card and touchless payment systems, and we recommend using those. Staff will wipe down equipment after each use. Cash will be accepted, but contactless payment is preferred.


Can I order food from the Museum Café?

No. The Museum Cafe is currently closed.


Can I shop in the Museum Shop?

Yes! The Museum Shop is open and limited to 4 guests at one time. You will notice that most shop inventory has been stored and that only one item of each type is on the shelves. We ask that you be mindful in touching items before buying to limit the spread of germs. An admission ticket is not required to visit the Museum Shop.


Are you open late on Thursday nights? Will you participate in 1st Friday Albany?

Thursday night hours and 1st Friday hours are temporarily suspended to ensure the museum can be thoroughly cleaned each day.


Can I volunteer for the Museum during this time?

Staff are currently evaluating onsite and remote volunteer opportunities at this time.