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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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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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this is one of the oldest museums in the country. the recent exhibit " 50 things" highlighted 50 people,places or things that originated in Albany. fun show to see. they also... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

this is one of the oldest museums in the country. the recent exhibit " 50 things" highlighted 50 people,places or things that originated in Albany. fun show to see. they also have their very own mummies. check it out

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White Plains, New York
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I always enjoy the new exhibits on display here. A good mixture of local interest and general history.

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Thank Jonathan F
Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been to this museum many times and most recently went to see The Capital Region in 50 Objects exhibit, which is a collection of objects meant to represent the region's history. They also have an on-going exhibit of Hudson River school paintings (landscapes) and items from ancient Egypt. In addition, you can get unique items in their gift... More 

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Thank Howard S
Denver, Colorado
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum has furniture and objects from NY history. It is a fun and interesting museum, which only takes about an hour to tour.

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Thank JaneF80220
Cheyenne, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

We have visited there for years and always make a point of stopping by while in town. In fact, we are members. The 50 Objects exhibit is terrific!! Skilled staff, great materials for research!

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Thank Kathleen Q
New York
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

One of The oldest museums in the country. Small but awesome. A great place to spend a day. Make it a regular lunch time spot. Highly recommend it.

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Thank Travlin B
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

If you live in the area repeat visits are a must. Not all exhibits will appeal BUT some are really great . It is personal preference that will determine your enjoyment. For us the current "50 Objects" display was excellent. It gives a real flavor to the history of the area and a pride in community. The building itself is... More 

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Thank ReddyBro
Syracuse, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

First, if you are expecting a NYC-like museum, then you will be disappointed. For the size, it was worth the visit. The Eric Egas 3-D exhibit was interesting. The 50 objects was informative, it was my favorite part of the museum exhibits. I was impressed that a small museum had Egyptian objects to display. I was lucky to see the... More 

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Thank Syr2012
Chesterfield, MO
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

I went to this museum mainly to see the Hudson River School exhibit which had just closed the week before I arrived so my timing was bad. They only charged half price, but there wasn't that much to see. The mummy was interesting, and they had a huge exhibit by Eric Egas with 3-D images which I really wasn’t into.... More 

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

I attended the opening of the newest exhibit, "50 Objects..." last night and it was fantastic. The exhibit is beautifully displayed and the choices of objects representing fifty key accomplishments of the area are fascinating. I was truly sorry to arrive at number 50. The museum has presented a rich glimpse into the past of this area. Don't miss the... More 

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