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Albany Institute of History & Art

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Address: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210-2202
Phone Number: 518-463-4478
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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Don't miss the current "Masterworks" exhibition ending October 16, 2016

Fascinating, eclectic and very enjoyable exhibit of seldom seen items from the museum's collection. A wonderful combination of history and art. And the written descriptions... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Upstate New York
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Upstate New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Fascinating, eclectic and very enjoyable exhibit of seldom seen items from the museum's collection. A wonderful combination of history and art. And the written descriptions accompanying each piece were terrific. We took advantage of the free admission on Thursday evenings (5-8pm) and had no trouble parking in the onsite lot.

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Ridgewood, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a surprise gem. The holdings of Hudson River School painters such as Thomas Cole, are impressive. The current exhibition about Alexander Hamilton and Albany is enlightening and beautifully presented. Don't miss this museum.

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Institute is a wonderful place that offers something for young and old. I highly recommend TAKE THE GUIDED TOUR. It's well worth it for historical insight you get from the educated professionals that share their passion and knowledge of artifacts and art.

Thank Lisa B
Quebec City, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A lovely pause from the heat in a cool well curated small museum with permanent and specia exhibits. Personnel is very nice. Certainly worth one hour in your day in Albany. Do not leave without having a cappucino and a piece of cake at the cafe. Wonderful!

Thank michelparadis
Albany, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016

This is an Albany must-see. They have a great collection of art and rotating art located near the Capitol. Nice little cafe and gift shop as well.

Thank Tammy M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

A little gem in Albany. The collection of Hudson River School was impressive and the two rooms of Egyptian artifacts kept hubby memorized for quite some time. Two mummies and a beautiful sarcophagus, lots of other interesting artifacts. Very friendly staff, very quiet museum (for a Saturday afternoon). Unbelievable price right now .... $2.25 per person on Saturdays to celebrate... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

The Institute is an absolute delight. Excellent collections. Claim that this is the best Hudson River collection is surely true -- and almost all of the paintings are in splendid condition. Also, remarkable other exhibits ranging from odd (but oddly impressive as well) Egyptian to superb works on paper. Don't miss this one. Also, a sweet coffee shop.

Thank Stephen B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

What A Fantastic museum. During the summer there are free Thursdays from 5pm til 8pm. Our tour guide was very personable. Beautiful paintings and sculpture. They now have Crisan bakery there where you can have lunch or some Gelato.

Thank Paula R
Hoosick Falls, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

While I enjoy the historical displays, I am particularly impressed by their collection of Huson River School paintings od Nature. A very eclectic place with something fpr everyone.

Thank dberiau
saratoga springs NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

Museum celebrating their 225th anniversary. Exhibits of art they've collected over those years. Paintings, sculpture, works on paper, furniture. Their mummies are great to see too. Great gift shop & new café which is convenient.

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