From the Director

Welcome to the Albany Institute of History & Art’s website. Through this website you will find many opportunities to explore all the museum has to offer when you visit in person. As one of America’s oldest museums—established in 1791—with a collection of more than 30,000 works of art and artifacts from the Upper Hudson Valley region, we are delighted to share our collections, exhibitions, and programs on this website.

New to this website is the ability to explore our extensive collection of art and objects dating back to the seventeenth century. Museums collect not only to preserve objects from the past, but also—through our dynamic exhibition program—to tell stories that can provide exciting insights about ourselves and others.


You can learn about and enjoy our collections online, but don’t forget there is nothing like seeing original art and objects from our past. So we hope you use this site to plan your next visit. There are many things to do and see at the Albany Institute of History & Art, including daily tours, engaging exhibitions, and special events.

We recognize that our shared history is the result of a much larger family story. We need to share our history with each other so those stories live on. We invite you to share your stories of this region or comment about the website and the museum, at

Tammis Groft

Executive Director