Winter Amusements

The Albany Institute of History & Art is excited to announce Winter Amusements, a season of safe and enjoyable activities for families and friends to enjoy this winter. Kicking off Thanksgiving weekend and extending through February 2021, Winter Amusements showcases special seasonal displays at the museum. 

For up-to-date information about the museum's open hours, timed tickets, and current exhibitions, as well as a list of frequently asked questions about visiting, please refer to the Visit section of our website.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

The Albany Institute thanks our Winter Amusements sponsors for their support!


Pop Up Outdoor Exhibition

Pop-Up Exhibition Along Washington Avenue

November 2020—February 2021

New this year! Stroll along Washington Avenue and explore our special display of winter-themed images from the museum's collection. You can find more information about the images here.


Traditional Favorites

Detail of The Nutcracker diorama

November 27, 2020—February 21, 2021

We are excited to once again display the popular dioramas made by artist and children’s book author Joan Steiner, which were created for her series Look-Alikes®. A dozen displays are installed throughout the museum for visitors to enjoy. These dioramas have become a seasonal favorite for visitors of all ages. 

Included with museum admission

Festive Decorations

Ornaments on tree

November 27, 2020—January 3, 2021

The lights and decorations of the season have dazzled visitors for years as part of the museum's Home for the Holidays event, and this year festive decorations will return for some added sparkle in key locations in the museum galleries.

Included with museum admission


Art Activities To Go

November Art for All: Art-To-Go project | wreath

Available during regular open hours

Traditionally at this time of year, we help hundreds of families make holiday-themed crafts together.

This year, we want to keep that spirit alive and will offer all museum visitors the opportunity to bring home a kit to make a special craft project.

These activities-to-go are part of our Art for All: Art To Go program, change monthly, and are offered each day the museum galleries are open.

Included with museum admission

Holiday Shopping

Great Gifts in Store!

This season, stop by the Albany Institute for some shopping! The Museum Shop carries a great selection of toys, books, jewelry, and specialty items that make great holiday gifts. 

There is no admission charge to visit the Museum Shop. Are you a Museum Member? Ask about your discount!