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Albany Institute of History & Art

Address: 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
Phone Number: 518-463-4478
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Ranked #7 of 70 things to do in Albany
Type: History museums, 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...
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Type: History museums, Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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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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28 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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210 reviews 210 reviews
36 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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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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76 reviews 76 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
23 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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Towson, Maryland
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64 reviews 64 reviews
22 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

I went to see the quilt exhibit - they were comparing historic quilts with trends of the time that they were made. That was a very interesting concept. They had some mummies and Egyptian artifacts. They had some Hudson school paintings - and some furniture. It was an eclectic collection, but pretty high quality, well displayed and manageable to see... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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104 reviews 104 reviews
40 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

My mom and I went to see the exhibit of quilts, coverlets, and bed hangings (called Undercover on display through March 8, 2015) and loved it. Some very impressive work mostly from the 1800s. While we were there, we explored the modern art exhibit - 2014 Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region (on display through January 19, 2015). We... More 

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Centerville, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Excellent collection of Hudson Valley paintings, mummies with interesting backstory, nice gift shop, Dutch and early history exhibits. Small but well curated.

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