American Italian Heritage Museum

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American Italian Heritage Museum

American Italian Heritage Museum
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The American Italian Heritage Museum is the largest Italian American Museum in the east. Ten rooms of exhibits and a gift shop (3,800 sq. ft.). The mission of the museum is to honor the Italian immigrants, tell their story and the contribution of Italian Americans. All of our staff are volunteers. In addition to our regular hours we are open by chance and advance appointment. Prof./Cav. Philip J. DiNovo is the founder and president. In 1994 he was knighted by the Italian government for his years of outstanding service to the Italian American community. On the second floor of the museum is the Italian Cultural Center which includes a hall, library, classroom, art gallery, chapel, small kitchen and a meeting area. The following are offered: Italian language, cooking, and genealogy classes are offered. Also cultural, concerts, movies and Italian celebrations take place. We publish a 20 page bi-monthly newsletter in English, we have a website, and a email newsletter.
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rxd100
Evans, GA55 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
We visited this museum while looking for things to do in Albany. What a find! The museum is small, but it's packed with memorabilia of the history of Italians in America. And there are some very knowledgeable organization members to guide you through the well stuffed rooms. Lots of pictures, lots of documents, lots of art work, and lots of conversation with the very friendly volunteer staff at the museum. We would have stayed longer, but the museum hours are fairly short and we had already kept everyone there past closing time with our barrage of questions. It was time to let them go home.
Written July 10, 2018
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Howard S
Albany, NY653 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
We had some friends visiting on a rainy weekend and since my wife had wanted to go to this museum for some time, decided to go. This is because she knows a woman who has two sculptures in the museum. All the items in the museum are donated and all the people who work there are volunteers, who like telling you about the museum and exhibits, and encourage you to join.The museum honors the Italian immigrants who came to the US and seeks to preserve their memory. Since we are descendants of immigrants, although not of Italian heritage, we found this an interesting and welcoming museum.
Written May 22, 2018
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We thank you for taking the time to make your kind remarks. No matter your heritage, I think our museum shows the trials and tribulations of the immigrant experience and that their story is of interest to most people. I am happy to tell you that many of our members who volunteer are not of Italian descent. All of our members are part of our Museum family
Written May 23, 2018
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Ann G
North Carolina Mountains, NC32 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
Our afternoon plans before our flight home to NC got cancelled, so we looked on Trip Advisor. I was instantly interested in seeing this place, being 1/4 Italian. The founder talked to us for several minutes, giving us information about the museum. We only had time to go quickly through the first floor. We were so impressed, we joined the association before we left. Next time we are in the area, we will return. There are many rooms, each with a theme, telling the story of the immigrants. There are photos, old items of every kind, and personal stories. You won't regret it!
Written April 25, 2018
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David_J_Spellman
Albany, NY185 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
The location on Central might surprise some but that was an Italian enclave of employees at the huge, old New York Central Shops for maintenance of trains and steam engines. This was a by-gone era but the museum is faithful and excellent.
Written July 10, 2017
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We have a few artifacts and a historical photo of Italian immigrants working at the New York Central shops. There was an Italian section in West Albany and there still is an Italian American club located there. Thank you for your kind remarks, we are faithful and seek to have a museum that honors the Italian immigrants, tell their story and the contributions of Italian Americans.
Written July 12, 2017
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David B
Oakville, Canada12 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
Stopped here with my Italian wife on our way through Albany. We got to the door only to realize it wasn't open on the day we came, rang the doorbell anyway and were surprised to be welcomed in for a tour. Received great personal attention and spent a quiet few hours making our way through the stories and collections in the various themed rooms. I'd be surprised if there's anyone of Italian descent who isn't moved, educated, and/or inspired by a visit.
Written July 4, 2019
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NYAnge53
Upstate, NY215 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
We got a history lesson and tour from the Professor who was the founder of the museum. He was friendly, helpful, and knew everything! The parking was easy, museum was clean, full of so much information and so many items to view. Small place packed with so much.. Loved it all!
Written June 23, 2019
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bennetj
Windsor, CT67 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
We visited this small, but jam packed museum early in the afternoon on Saturday May 25, 2019. The museum presents an intricate look into the emigration of the Italian people. The building is a converted church with the museum taking up the main floor. The second floor has office space used by museum staff. The museum was originally located in Utica, New York. the display area is broken into then major rooms with each room having a different central theme. The docent on duty at the time of our visit was very cordial and readily engaged us in dialog. We spent almost two hours viewing the displays. Our opinion is that this museum is a hidden gem.
Written May 25, 2019
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M_Freedley
Massachusetts191 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
This is an interesting place to visit and absorb some of the immigrant experience. It is housed in a residential neighborhood just off a main highway. The museum hosts special events and publishes a newsletter with volunteer help.
Written May 3, 2017
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mimaq
Albany, New York164 contributions
Oct 2016 • Friends
Being of Italian descent I thought there would be more of the old italian antiques displayed, I'm not disappointed but wish there was more to see.
Written November 9, 2016
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I am so happy you visited our museum, the largest Italian American museum in the east, 3800 sq ft of space. We have collected a treasure, antiques are often kept as family keepsakes or sold because of value. If I had given you a tour I would have pointed out many items that are over a 100 years old, antiques. We do not receive support from any level of the government, our members a small percentage of the the Italian American community support us and all our staff are volunteers. Many people do not have much time and tell us often there is too much to see on one visit. It is very expensive to operate a museum these days, we do not have room to display all our artifacts etc. The size of our building is very expensive to operate. I hope you will return so I am able to show you more of old antiques. Thank you for stating that you were not disappointed, because want people to visit our very unique museum.
Written February 17, 2017
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Kay M
Augusta, GA1,680 contributions
Oct 2016 • Couples
We are not Italian, but we highly recommend this small museum. Joe greeted us upon arrival and made sure we enjoyed ourselves. The museum is in an old church and consists of ten small rooms full of Italian American war veterans, photos and artifacts relating to the Italian immigrants that arrived at Ellis Island, a lot of art, including oil paintings, ceramic sculptures, painted tiles, blown glass and much more, famous Italian American celebrities, and a gift shop with many interesting Italian related items. Joe is also an artist with a lot of work on display. He is so excited and proud of the museum, he is a real pleasure to be around. There is also a family tree in the entry room of the museum where you can donate to the museum and trace your family. This museum needs some wealthy patrons to donate a fountain, the only thing Joe would still like to add to the museum.
Written October 9, 2016
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