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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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An Under Appreciated Albany Site

Having been residents of Albany for decades and members of this museum for much of that time, we have seen its permanent collection of Hudson River School paintings several times... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Albany, New York
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Albany, New York
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44 reviews 44 reviews
27 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Having been residents of Albany for decades and members of this museum for much of that time, we have seen its permanent collection of Hudson River School paintings several times. They are always lovely to revisit. Other aspects of the collection, such as the Palmer paintings, the Egyptian artifacts and the mummy are also of interest. Living up to its... More 

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Petaluma, California
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86 attraction reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

A small collection of art combined with two Egyptian mummies and a couple rooms of baseball memorabilia is enough to occupy an hour or so of your time. I really wanted to give it a very good, though it just doesn't warrant it. Centrally located in downtown Albany, you can wander the historic neighborhoods after visiting museum - which has... More 

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Schenectady, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

It is a very small museum. They have a number of paintings of the Hudson River Valley School. They also have several Egyptian items (mommies). The building is interesting, and the gift shop is also small but interesting. I was able to buy Dutch cookies. You can see all in one hour...or less...

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Syracuse, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

I have been here several times and each time I have discovered something new. Recently I have seen the Walter Launt Palmer collection featuring his incredible work. I was able to see his progression through the different mediums that he worked with. As an avid baseball fan the Triple Play was a joy to see. I never though I would... More 

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Salem, Massachusetts
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46 reviews 46 reviews
12 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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
58 helpful votes 58 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
30 helpful votes 30 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
23 helpful votes 23 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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220 reviews 220 reviews
38 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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