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Albany Institute of History & Art

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Address: 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
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+1 518-463-4478
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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
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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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Free admission on MLK day 1/16/17

I had not been here since I was a youngster to see the mummies with my Dad ('60s). Larger, brighter, and more relevant. They still have the mummies and other objects purchased... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Albany, New York
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Albany, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I had not been here since I was a youngster to see the mummies with my Dad ('60s). Larger, brighter, and more relevant. They still have the mummies and other objects purchased from Egypt 100 years ago. And the paintings from various artists of the Hudson River School. Newer exhibits: Alexander Hamilton who married local girl, Elizabeth Schuyler, daughter of... More 

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My wife paints in oil and I read several books on history each week. This is the one place we love to bring visitors. The collections and changing displays are wonderful. The roots of the museum go back to just after the Revolutionary War.

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Hartwick, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A wonderful resource and facility. Rotating artistic exhibits. Good gift shop. Frequent receptions and educational programs. A valuable resource to residents and visitors from out of the region. Parking is limited.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely museum, small, but mighty! Beautful art in a veru nice building in a great part of Albany. This museum was a please surprise, as we did not expect a lot. Of particular interest to us was their Egyptian exhibit which had lots of of artifacts and a real, full-sized mummy!

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Middlebury, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

we were lucky to happen upon an exhibit that was closing the next day It was all about paper, and included so many original documents including letters from washington and some of the original federalist. plus so much more If this is any indication of the type of exhibit they mount, well worth the trip. its 2.25 on saturday right... More 

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Pittsburgh PA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

We stopped here to see the temporary exhibit on Alexander Hamilton, focused on his life through an Albany-specific lens. We stopped by after visiting the Schuyler mansion, and just about everyone else from our mansion tour did the same. It was a great exhibit filled with interesting artifacts and things we hadn't seen before. It was only one room, but... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

The museum is small, but just the right size. We saw 4 different exhibits without getting museum overload. The gift shop was full of tempting goodies. There's also a cafe. The staff were very helpful, with good suggestions for something to fill the time between museum closing and our supper reservation.

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Augusta, GA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

This museum offers North American reciprocal entry, so that was a plus. Gentlemen who welcomed us was so nice. There was a fun exhibit called Art of Seating which included chairs throughout the years, many of which were pretty fun. There was also an exhibit about Alexander Hamilton that was excellent, especially the video. The Hudson River School of Art... More 

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Upstate New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 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 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 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016

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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