Albany Institute of History & Art Albany Institute of History & Art
Albany, NY
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Exhibition: Joseph Hidley: Folk Artist
09/07/2019–12/01/2019 (more information)
Joseph Henry Hidley (1830–1872)
View of Glass Lake
Collection of Rensselaer County Historical Societ
View of Glass Lake
Portrait of Angelica Schuyler Church with her child and servant
Exhibition: The Schuyler Sisters and Their Circle
07/20/2019—12/29/2019 (more information)
John Trumbull, 1784
Portrait of Angelica Schuyler Church with her child and servant
oil on canvas
private collection
Exhibition: A Brilliant Bit of Color: The Work of Walter Launt Palmer
Through 12/31/2019 (more information)
Walter Launt Palmer
San Giorgio at Moonlight , 1903
watercolor, gouache, and pastel on paper, 27 1/2 h x 33 3/4 w
Albany Institute of History & Art purchase, 1967.10
San Giorgio at Moonlight , 1903
View on Catskill Creek (formerly Distant View of Roundtop), c.1833
Exhibition: The Hudson River School: Landscape Paintings from the Albany Institute
07/08/2017 - TBD (more information)
Thomas Cole (1801-1848)
View on Catskill Creek (formerly Distant View of Roundtop), c.1833
oil on composition board
Albany Institute of History & Art Purchase, Evelyn Newman Fund, 1964.70

Albany Institute of History & Art
125 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210
(518) 463-4478


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Tuesday Open for Registered Groups Only
Wednesday 10 am-5 pm
Thursday: 10AM-8PM*
Friday: 10AM-5PM
Saturday: 10AM-5PM
Sunday: Noon–5PM

*Now offering FREE admission from 5PM-8PM
Holidays and Special Closings

Closed major holidays
New Year’s Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day

Members: Free
Adults: $10
Seniors: $8
Students: $8 (must present ID)
Children 6–12: $6
Children under 6: Free

Reciprocal Membership Benefits:
American Alliance of Museums (AAM)
Empire State Reciprocal Membership Program
International Council of Museums (ICOM)
North American Reciprocal Museum Program (NARM)

Admission Discounts:
AAA: $2 off
CAA: $1 off

The Albany Institute is open for $5 per person from 5-8pm.

1st Fridays
As part of the arts walk that showcases the thriving and lively art scene in downtown Albany, the Albany Institute is open for extended hours, from 5 PM until 8 PM, on the first Friday of every month. During these three hours admission is free.

The Albany Institute of History & Art is located at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Dove Street in downtown Albany, one block west of the New York State Capitol.

From I-787, take the Empire State Plaza exit; bear right onto Swan Street. Follow Swan Street to Elk Street. Turn left into the museum's parking lot.

The Albany Institute is on many CDTA public bus routes. Please check schedules at www.cdta.org.

Parking: AIHA offers limited visitor parking in its lot on the corner of Elk and Dove Streets. During the week, metered parking is available on nearby streets and there are several lots and garages nearby. On the weekends and evenings, ample free parking is available on the street.

Mission Statement:
Founded in 1791, the Albany Institute of History & Art, one of the oldest museums in the United States, is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting and promoting interest in the history, art and culture of Albany and the Upper Hudson Valley.  The museum achieves this mission through its collections, exhibitions, education programs, library, research projects, publications and other programs offered to the general public.

About Our Collections:
The holdings of the Albany Institute of History & Art form the best collection in the United States documenting the life and culture of the Upper Hudson Valley region from the late 17th century to the present.  The majority of the objects in the museum's collections were either made in the Albany area or New York State, or were used and owned by documented families living in the Hudson Valley region. Many objects in the collections have national significance not only because of Albany's importance during the 18th and 19th centuries as a center for trade and commerce, but because some of America's most accomplished artists, craftsmen and customers were living in the Hudson Valley during this period.

The curatorial collections number more than 30,000 objects, including paintings (1600); drawings (1100); prints (4000); sculpture (600); furniture (500); silver (2000); pewter, copper, cast iron and other metals (500); ceramics (1200); glass (300); clothing and accessories (4000); textiles (500); and historical artifacts (5450). Further documentation pertaining to the social, economic and cultural history of the region is provided by AIHA's library collection, which includes photographs (85,000); architectural renderings and maps (300); broadsides (300); ephemera (1000); 1000 linear feet of manuscripts; 500 linear feet of museum archives; 140,000 volumes and 125 periodicals.

The Albany Institute's collection of contemporary art includes work by artists with national and international reputation such as Ellsworth Kelly and Antoni Milkowski, artists who are teaching at area universities and colleges, and other established artists living and working in the region.

In 1988, in response to a special initiative called "New Audiences for the Year 2000," the Albany Institute designated contemporary regional art as a collecting priority.  Since then, the museum has established a Contemporary Collections Fund and has added over 150 new works by more than 40 new artists to the collection.  The museum's goal is to document more fully the contemporary art activity of the region, with a special emphasis on artists who have had a significant impact on the cultural and artistic landscape of the region.


Permanent Exhibitions:

  • 19th Century AMERICAN Sculpture: Erastus Dow Palmer, Launt Thompson, Charles Calverley
    Designed to present new scholarship and showcase the museum’s nationally-known collection of mid to late 19th century sculpture, this exhibition features 20 plaster, marble and bronze sculptures and framed bas-reliefs.  
  • Traders and Culture: Colonial Albany and the Formation of American Identity
    This exhibition explores the settlement and growth of Albany as an urban center during the 17th and 18th centuries. Highlights include Limner portraits, Albany-made silver, branded furniture, ceramics, textiles and manuscript materials with documented family histories.


Joseph Hidley: Folk Artist
(more information)

The Schuyler Sisters and Their Circle
JULY 20—DECEMBER 29, 2019
(more information)

A Brilliant Bit of Color: The Work of Walter Launt Palmer
Through DECEMBER 31, 2019
(more information)

The Hudson River School: Landscape Paintings from the Albany Institute
JULY 8, 2017 - TBD
(more information)

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