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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
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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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Lovely little museum with great store and cafe

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Quebec City, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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!

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

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 

Thank Linda C
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.

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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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

Imagine finding a spacious and comfortable attic filled with curated stuff from generations. This might be how a visitor would feel discovering this delightful and treasure filled museum. The story of this historic area of NYS is told through objects, paintings and odd bits of the past, present and future. The museum feels intimate perhaps because so many artifacts come... More 

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016

We took advantage of the $2.25 admission on a Saturday in 2016 (to celebrate the 225th anniversary) and had a blast. The mummy exhibit was a favorite but the temporary exhibit about the 50 objects through Albany's history was fascinating. It was fun to learn more about things we have seen for years, like the dog statue Nipper. We will... More 

Thank Jenn A
Upstate NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

We enjoyed an excellent temporary exhibit of the Albany Institute's collections that are not frequently on display. It included artifacts about Capital District history, culture and industry. The Institute's regular exhibits on Egypt (including a mummy) and Hudson River Valley history are always worth another look as well.

Thank MarthaJulia

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