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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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A hidden treasure -

Had hoped to see a particular exhibit but misread the dates. But was thrilled to see the permanent collection and another special exhibit. Found myself sitting in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Had hoped to see a particular exhibit but misread the dates. But was thrilled to see the permanent collection and another special exhibit. Found myself sitting in the galleries,just enjoying the paintings and museum.. Shop was wonderful as it had local artists displayed - purchased many items which remind me of my visit. Staff were very helpful.. Good for all... More 

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Rhinebeck, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

While walking downtown, we stumbled on this museum, whose origins go back to the 1700s. It has surprisingly beautiful exhibits and thought-provoking presentations.

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New York City
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

The museum is small by big city standards, but it offers great Hudson River School Art, a fascinating mummy and, currently, a wonderful exhibition on the history of baseball. It also offers an introduction to the work of Walter Launt Dow, a 19th century American painting, who may be on the brink of re-discovery.

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Detroit, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I visited Albany New York in April it was a great place that I have never been, while there I visited the museum of art and history with my BF it was fantastic! we spent several hours discovering the Native American displays and other historical items I loved it and will certainly return.

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Cary, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Unfortunately we arrived here an hour before they closed so we just focused on the two exhibits we came to see...the Hudson River School paintings and the baseball exhibit. This museum is expensive compared to other museum we have visited so I wanted to make sure we received our AAA discount especially with so little time to tour. I was... More 

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Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

my husband and I went there and really enjoyed the displays. They have a very haunting 9/11 display that makes you sad and yet proud of how people responded.

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Albany, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 188 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 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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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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Additional Information about Albany Institute of History & Art

Address: 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
Phone Number: 518-463-4478
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Albany
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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