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Albany Institute of History & Art

125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
518-463-4478
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Ranked #9 of 33 attractions in Albany
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: History Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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English first
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Fabulous colllection of Hudson River School painitgs, ceramics and , of course, mummies!!! A great art afternoon would start here and then visit Catskill to see nearby Cole House and Olana.

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Delmar, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

This museum is in downtown Albany and parking can be very difficult. The exhibits change a few times a year, so be sure to check on what is being shown since the quality can vary. A little known fact is that the local libraries have free museum passes that you can borrow for 3-7 days. If you're a local, this... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

My family and I visited the museum during the free day on President's Day in February. My teenage kids who have been to the Louvre were even impressed. Not great parking but there is a small lot in back. The museum is clean and very enjoyable. It's not a whole day experience but worth the trip. I estimate about 3... More

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New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Been here 4 or 5 times, usually at partners initiation. My main gripe is that it seems to just display a bunch of stuff. Not enough explaination, theme, or whatever. Just piece after piece. At the mummy exhibit there was a video of the x-raying of the mummies, and I thought, aha, this will be interesting. But not much about... More

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Albany, NY
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88 reviews 88 reviews
14 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

The Institute is one of the nations oldest museum. It is housed in a modest building and is not open every day. Really, it is more than a museum. The archives and library house the history of Albany. Exhibits change often and you will not be bored by a repeat visit. An important strength of the museum is the educational... More

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Albany, New York
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71 reviews 71 reviews
13 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

Run to the museum and do not miss the most recent exhibit, "The Mysteries of the Albany Mummies". Pieces from the Albany collection are displayed with spectacular items from some of the most prestigious museums of the world to tell the true story of the two mummies who have been Albany residents for over 100 years. You can tour on... More

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Windham, New York
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Mummies and art! I went with family (including kids and seniors) and we all enjoyed our visit. The exhibits were very well arranged and also very informative. I wonder how many visitors spotted the grammatical errors on the information plaques at the mummy displays? ;-) The staff was friendly and helpful and the museum is a great place to stroll... More

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Kinderhook, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

The Albany Institute is a great place to spend a couple of hours. There are usually several temporary exhibits, both their own and loans from other institutions. Children always like the mummies and they have a great collection of Hudson River School art (although not all of it is on exhibit all the time). This is an independent institution, they... More

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Albany, New York
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

The exhibits and pictures about Albany are truly amazing in this local museum. The art is also captivating and the mummy is quite unique. I have visited here many times since I was a young girl and it is a great place to bring a date on a rainy afternoon.

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Augusta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

We were pleasantly surprised to spend a very enjoyable rainy afternoon at the art Institute. They feature Hudson Valley Landscapes from 19th century artists Fredrick Church & Thomas Hart. It's unreal to see paintings of Lake George with both shorelines devoid of any buildings! Many paintings of the Catskills, as well.

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