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Albany Institute of History & Art

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Address: 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
Phone Number: 518-463-4478
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: Step inside one of the oldest museums in North America for a glimpse of...
Step inside one of the oldest museums in North America for a glimpse of what life was like in old Albany and the Upper Hudson Valley through an amazing collection of furniture, clothing, paintings, silver and photographs, all celebrating the importance of this region in American history.
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Well done museum with the mix of local history and art

We have visited the Albany Institute a number of times and particularly enjoy the sections on Albany history and the Dutch period. There are also a number of Hudson River School... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 6, 2015
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Salem, Massachusetts
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46 reviews 46 reviews
12 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

nice collection of hudson river valley landscape paintings. worth a visit. small collections but interesting. Includes dutch colonial items from early albany.

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Albany, NY
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114 reviews 114 reviews
37 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

We have visited the Albany Institute a number of times and particularly enjoy the sections on Albany history and the Dutch period. There are also a number of Hudson River School paintings which we always like to see.

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Lewiston, New York
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110 reviews 110 reviews
20 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

This museum is a gem! A baseball exhibit of artifacts, game history, and films to me is even better than Cooperstown! Famous for Egyptian Mummies exhibit, along with India artifacts, and some great Hudson River Artwork. Not overwhelming, but everything that they have is first rate in every way! Free admission on Thursday nights from 5 to 8 p.m.! Worth... More 

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Albany, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

good staff, some nice local displays and history. research parking ahead of time or it could get frustrating. this is real close to the Capital. decent shop.

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Ithaca, New York
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37 reviews 37 reviews
31 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

This is a great example of an art museum in a smaller venue. It's not MOMA or the Met, but what it does it does well. We enjoyed the regional connections with the Hudson River school the coverlets and the statuary exhibits. The contemporary exhibit downstairs was a head scratcher in some cases, but that's probably the point. We had... More 

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Ghent, New York
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216 reviews 216 reviews
38 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

This is a gem of a small museum with outstanding contemporary exhibitions, classic historic area folk art, painting and sculpture and mummies! We often forget about this museum but are always delighted when we return. It effectively captures the local history and color but leaves you wanting even more.

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Albany, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

A lovely, and, more important to me, not overwhelming museum right in the heart of Albany. It delightfully combines history and art of the region - plus has new exhibits on a routine basis. I have to admit though- my favorite part of the museum is the incredibly eclectic gift store. I have visited many museums here and abroad- and... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

We visited here with some family on an afternoon and enjoyed a two hour visit to this nice museum that has quite a mix of art styles reflecting the art scene over the years in Albany, NY. There is something here for just about anybody with fine art of the Hudson River School, Egyptian mummies, folk art from the Dutch... More 

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Clifton Park, New York
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87 reviews 87 reviews
15 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I had heard of this museum but never went until a friend invited me this weekend. I'm adding to places to take visitors in Albany. Its $8-$10 to get in most days and we were there for about 2 hours. The current exhibit on the Hudson Valley region and regional artists was interesting. On the third floor, the exhibit on... More 

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Groton, Connecticut, United States
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58 reviews 58 reviews
23 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We spent a couple of hours here, going through the exhibits. They have assembled some lovely artwork here, especially the Hudson School artists, and we enjoyed it all.

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