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Albany Institute of History & Art

125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
518-463-4478
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Ranked #8 of 33 Attractions in Albany
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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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The Albany Institute of History and Art is the perfect start to exploring the Hudson River School of Art. They have a very nicely put together exhibition with most of the major players represented and clear explanation of how the school developed, flourished and then declined. A perfect way to start an exploration that could then include the Thomas Cole... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This museum was delightful! Exhibits were interesting and captivating - both historical and contemporary. Allow plenty of time.

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new york
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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

The do a great job with the xhibits and the grounds are immaculate. The downsides are its for an older crowd and is cost prohibitive. I cant really blame them i wouldn't want most of the city residents in my museum either

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Coxsackie, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

There was an Egyptian Mummy exhibition that was ending today, 6/8/14. Yesterday, was it's last day. Having made plans for dinner, I thought it would be fun to go see the exhibit before it closed. I had never been to this museum. What a truly nice surprise! There was so much more to see than the mummies. First, the mummy... More

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Albany, NY
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Albany Institute of History and Art has always been a treasure in our backyard. In addition to having excellent curators over the years, it has expanded exhibits with careful attention to details. At any time of year and with our without a special exhibit, if you want to appreciate the art and history of this region and beyond, include this... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

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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21 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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32 helpful votes 32 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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