Albany Institute of History & Art

Albany Institute of History & Art New York's oldest museum is located in downtown Albany and showcases exhibitions that range from colonial history to contemporary art. Come make art, hear a lecture, take a tour, research history, shop for gifts, enjoy cafe treats, and more.
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Founded in 1791, the Albany Institute is one of the oldest museums in the United States. We are dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting and promoting interest in the history, art and culture of Albany and the Upper Hudson Valley.

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A #MuseumMomentOfZen to start #InaugurationDay | In The Grove by Walter Launt Palmer (1854-1932) from 1923  [watercolor,...
01/20/2021

A #MuseumMomentOfZen to start #InaugurationDay | In The Grove by Walter Launt Palmer (1854-1932) from 1923 [watercolor, gouache, and pastel on paper, Albany Institute of History & Art, gift of Beatrice Palmer, 1942.34.168] #AlbanyNY #WalterLauntPalmer

Our next Book & Art Club will be Thursday, January 28 at 7pm. Join Albany Public Library and the Albany Institute of His...
01/19/2021

Our next Book & Art Club will be Thursday, January 28 at 7pm. Join Albany Public Library and the Albany Institute of History & Art for an exciting book and art discussion that focuses on works held locally by the Albany Institute and complementary books. Led by a museum educator and a librarian, this online program explores the intersection of books and art with examples, insight, and enjoyable conversation. January's book is The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis. This program is free, but registration is required. Space is limited! Sign up here: http://ow.ly/1bdk50DcHsP

Learn more about the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a special livestream tonight at 6pm hosted by the Afr...
01/18/2021

Learn more about the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a special livestream tonight at 6pm hosted by the African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region, Inc. "detailing the oft-ignored impact of Dr. King's education at Morehouse College, worldwide social views, and formative teenage years. The presentation will connect viewers to historic Dr. King archives and papers, and firsthand accounts of Dr. King's experience." Check out their page to learn more!

Hello friends!

We proudly continue to celebrate the legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on this day of recognition. We encourage everyone to look past emblematic quotes and promotional campaigns to discover the true history of Dr. King. In pursuit of this, the Center will host a livestream at 6pm detailing the oft-ignored impact of Dr. King's education at Morehouse College, worldwide social views, and formative teenage years. The presentation will connect viewers to historic Dr. King archives and papers, and firsthand accounts of Dr. King's experience.

We hope you are able to join us!

As always, we welcome you in love.
The African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region
(518) 279 6554

01/18/2021
Albany Events

Check out the City of Albany's special presentation in celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr today at 12pm! Learn more on their event page on Facebook.

The City of Albany celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a special video airing on the Albany Events pages at 12pm on January 18th. Featuring the city's annual wreath laying ceremony, messages from area dignitaries, Albany School District students reading excerpts from the "I Have a Dream" speech and musical performances by local artists. This tribute celebrates the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and his impact on our very own community. Hosted by Tamani Wooley from Spectrum News featuring performances from Jordan Taylor Hill, The Age, and JB!! Aka Dirty Moses!

Thanks to our sponsors: Root3d, In our Own Voices, Mirth Films, and Albany Barn.

01/18/2021
WMHT Public Media

This program will be presented in our area by WMHT Public Media today at 10am and will also be available to stream and watch online!

New York State Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr honors the life and legacy of the famed civil rights leader. The program is presented as a statewide broadcast and online event. The one-hour tribute to Dr. King showcases some of the people and organizations across New York State that embody the principles of one of America’s most significant leaders for social justice, freedom, and equality.
Watch here on Facebook, online, or on-air at Monday at 10am. http://bit.ly/3sqZg9r

#MuseumMomentOfZen | Untitled (Tangles) by John Yang (1933-2009) from 2003 [gold-toned gelatin printing-out paper photog...
01/17/2021

#MuseumMomentOfZen | Untitled (Tangles) by John Yang (1933-2009) from 2003

[gold-toned gelatin printing-out paper photograph, 10 1/2 H x 13 1/2 W oval (image), Albany Institute of History & Art Library Purchase, LIB 2008.33.2, PC 21 Yang Tangles]

#AlbanyNY #MuseumFromHome

#MuseumMomentOfZen | Hazy Winter Morning by Walter Launt Palmer (1854-1932) from 1910 [gouache on artist board, Albany I...
01/16/2021

#MuseumMomentOfZen | Hazy Winter Morning by Walter Launt Palmer (1854-1932) from 1910 [gouache on artist board, Albany Institute of History & Art, gift of Janet Walker, 1986.11] #AlbanyNY #FromTheCollection #WalterLauntPalmer #Snow

Looking for art activities to complete at home without a lot of supplies? Try texture rubbings! Rubbings are a classic f...
01/14/2021

Looking for art activities to complete at home without a lot of supplies? Try texture rubbings! Rubbings are a classic favorite for a wide range of ages. Rubbings can be the start of a larger project too! Visit our Museum Makers blog for ideas: https://www.albanyinstitute.org/texture-rubbings.html #AlbanyNY

This Saturday, January 16 at 2PM, join Erie Canal Museum Educator Derrick Pratt for this virtual discussion of DeWitt Cl...
01/13/2021

This Saturday, January 16 at 2PM, join Erie Canal Museum Educator Derrick Pratt for this virtual discussion of DeWitt Clinton, from his early life to his career in New York State politics, as well as the strong social and economic forces that fostered the idea of a man-made waterway across Upstate New York more than 200 years ago.

This program is free, with a suggested donation of $10. The presentation will be offered live via Zoom with a Q&A session. Registration is required: http://ow.ly/xKeW50D7ANx All participants will receive the Zoom link one hour before the lecture to the email used during registration.

Image: Portrait of Governor DeWitt Clinton (1769-1828) by Ezra Ames from 1818 [oil on canvas, ht. 51 1/2" x w. 39 1/2", Albany Institute of History & Art, permanent deposit by the City of Albany, 1971.12.5]

Take a slow art break with us Wednesday, January 13 at 1pm. This month's virtual Art du Jour program features "The Head ...
01/12/2021

Take a slow art break with us Wednesday, January 13 at 1pm. This month's virtual Art du Jour program features "The Head Waters" by Walter Launt Palmer. Participants will be guided through a contemplative analysis of the painting by a member of the education staff. We will also explore recent conservation treatments to this painting. The guided discussion will be approximately 30-45 minutes, perfect for a break from your busy day at work or at home. No background in art is required to enjoy this program. Reservations are required and may be made online: http://ow.ly/lDyc50D6q9j This program is free, with a suggested donation of $10.

A message from Executive Director Tammis Groft: Dear Friends,Last week's attack on the United States Capitol was horrifi...
01/11/2021

A message from Executive Director Tammis Groft:

Dear Friends,

Last week's attack on the United States Capitol was horrific and traumatic. That, coupled with recent news about COVID in our region, New York State, and across the country, shattered glimmers of optimism that many had for the start of this new year.

As director of an organization that is a repository for historic materials as well as art, I am overwhelmed by the significance of the events that are unfolding and it reaffirms my commitment to projects that build community, promote truth, and speak to our humanity. At a time when it may be difficult to articulate everything we are feeling, I am reminded of the power of the arts to evoke our emotions, to connect us with others when we are feeling lost, and to stir us into action.

History is made every day and our actions today, tomorrow, and all the days after must be to make a more just, truthful, and equitable world. There is so much work to be done and we are committed as an organization to prioritize and implement that work.

Yours sincerely,

Tammis Groft
Executive Director

Image: Morning, Looking East over the Hudson Valley from the Catskill Mountains by Frederic E. Church (1826-1900) from 1848 [oil on canvas, ht. 18 ¼, w. 24 in., in original gilt frame, ht. 26 in., w. 32 in., gift of Catherine Gansevoort (Mrs. Abraham) Lansing, x1940.606.7]

#AlbanyNY

#Sunset by Jasper F. Cropsey (1823-1900) from 1856[oil on wood, ht. 5 3/8" x w. 9 1/4", Albany Institute of History & Ar...
01/08/2021

#Sunset by Jasper F. Cropsey (1823-1900) from 1856
[oil on wood, ht. 5 3/8" x w. 9 1/4", Albany Institute of History & Art, gift of Arthur, Bertha and Ethel Lloyd, 1958.1.5]

Starting Thursday, January 7, the Albany Institute will temporarily close to the public. We have been monitoring recent ...
01/06/2021

Starting Thursday, January 7, the Albany Institute will temporarily close to the public. We have been monitoring recent information and recommendations from county officials and take the evolving situation very seriously. Currently, we plan to re-open to the public on Wednesday, January 27.

During this time, we encourage you to stay curious and be creative with our Museum at Home materials, which are available on our website and we will be sharing through our social media channels and email lists. Remember, you can join us for one of our upcoming virtual programs too! Stay tuned for more information, projects, stories, and (of course) some Museum Moments of Zen.

#AlbanyNY #MuseumFromHome #MuseumAtHome

This 18th century painting #fromthecollection is called "Adoration of the Magi" and was painted by an unidentified limne...
01/06/2021

This 18th century painting #fromthecollection is called "Adoration of the Magi" and was painted by an unidentified limner c. 1740. Here's some information about the painting from our collections database on our website:

This is one of more than forty New York "scripture paintings," or painting with biblical subjects. The popularity of scripture paintings and portraiture in colonial New York had its roots in a seventeenth-century painting renaissance in Holland, when people from various economic classes could afford and wanted to buy artwork. The upper classes preferred formal portraits and history paintings such as this. The subject is the visit of the three kings (magi) to Mary and Joseph shortly after Jesus's birth. The holy family sits at right; the kings and their servants pay tribute at left. The tallest king illustrates a Northern European tradition that one king was black and embodies the belief that Christ came to save all races of mankind. New York artists copied European prints and paintings, but the most important source for local scripture paintings were the illustrations in Dutch Bibles. The cypress trees and architectural elements in the background of this painting do recall the Italian influence seen in Northern European paintings, but the composition relates to illustrations in the 1741 Keur Bible.

[oil on canvas, gift of Samuel A. Ten Broeck and Miss Mary Ten Broeck, 1908.9.5]

#AlbanyNY #ThreeKingsDay #MuseumFromHome #Magi #Epiphany #DutchLimner

#MuseumMomentofZen | Spring on the Italian Hill by Madeline Novlotzky (1966) [oil on linen, Albany Institute of History ...
01/05/2021

#MuseumMomentofZen | Spring on the Italian Hill by Madeline Novlotzky (1966) [oil on linen, Albany Institute of History & Art Purchase, Contemporary Art Collections Fund, 1993.10.2] #AlbanyNY #FromTheCollection #MuseumFromHome

Brightening up a snowy Monday with this colorful activity from our Museum Makers blog. Make your own found object rainbo...
01/04/2021

Brightening up a snowy Monday with this colorful activity from our Museum Makers blog. Make your own found object rainbow at home! See more here: http://ow.ly/UmEa50CZfcY (We'd love to see them, so if you make one be sure to tag us) #AlbanyNY #MuseumFromHome #518RainbowHunt

#MuseumMomentofZen | Dessert Time by Ida Pulis Lathrop (1859-1937) c. 1910 #AlbanyNY #FromTheCollection #MuseumFromHome(...
01/03/2021

#MuseumMomentofZen | Dessert Time by Ida Pulis Lathrop (1859-1937) c. 1910 #AlbanyNY #FromTheCollection #MuseumFromHome

(oil on canvas, ht.10 3/8" x w.14 5/8", signed lower right " I. Pulis Lathrop", Albany Institute of History & Art Purchase, 1987.6)

The 2020 Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region closes January 3, 2021. The museum is open today 10am-5pm and...
01/02/2021

The 2020 Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region closes January 3, 2021. The museum is open today 10am-5pm and Sunday 12-5pm. Information about timed tickets and FAQs are available on our website. #MHR2020 #AlbanyNY

Want to learn more of Voyage of Life: Childhood and the early drafts? Check out our ArtStory from our Galleries Plus blo...
01/01/2021

Want to learn more of Voyage of Life: Childhood and the early drafts? Check out our ArtStory from our Galleries Plus blog: http://ow.ly/ZM9450CW6SP #AlbanyNY #ThomasCole #ArtStory (Preliminary sketch by Thomas Cole, 1958.28.103)

The museum is closed January 1. Happy New Year! Starting 2021 like...[Study for the Voyage of Life, Childhood, Thomas Co...
01/01/2021

The museum is closed January 1. Happy New Year! Starting 2021 like...
[Study for the Voyage of Life, Childhood, Thomas Cole (1801-1848), 1839, oil on wood panel, 11 3/4 H x 14 W, Albany Institute of History & Art Purchase, 1942.56.1] #AlbanyNY #2021 #ThomasCole #FromtheCollection

#NewYearsEve #GoodBye2020 From the collection: The Voyage of Life: Old Age by Thomas Cole (1801-1848) from 1839 [oil on ...
01/01/2021

#NewYearsEve #GoodBye2020
From the collection: The Voyage of Life: Old Age by Thomas Cole (1801-1848) from 1839 [oil on wood panel, ht.12" x w.14", Albany Institute of History & Art Purchase, 1942.56.4] #AlbanyNY #ThomasCole

2020 felt a bit... [The Voyage of Life: Manhood by Thomas Cole (1801-1848) from 1839, oil on wood panel, ht.12 1/6" x w....
12/31/2020

2020 felt a bit...
[The Voyage of Life: Manhood by Thomas Cole (1801-1848) from 1839, oil on wood panel, ht.12 1/6" x w.13 1/16", Albany Institute of History & Art, 1942.56.3] #AlbanyNY #ThomasCole #NewYearsEve #GoodBye2020

Looking to get a bit creative? How about relaxing with some coloring? Here are our #ColorOurCollections coloring sheets ...
12/30/2020

Looking to get a bit creative? How about relaxing with some coloring? Here are our #ColorOurCollections coloring sheets for you to enjoy: http://ow.ly/J1fX50CW8EL Feel free to share them with your friends too! (PS—You can also post them online + tag #colorourcollections) #AlbanyNY

An end-of-year treat! Our recent exhibition "A Brilliant Bit of Color: The Work of Walter Launt Palmer" is now available...
12/30/2020

An end-of-year treat! Our recent exhibition "A Brilliant Bit of Color: The Work of Walter Launt Palmer" is now available as a virtual tour. Explore more online: http://ow.ly/BVgt50CW5Or #AlbanyNY #WalterLauntPalmer #MuseumFromHome

Looking for a project to do? Have leftover gift wrap? Try out this Tissue Paper Collage from our Museum Makers blog! htt...
12/29/2020

Looking for a project to do? Have leftover gift wrap? Try out this Tissue Paper Collage from our Museum Makers blog! http://ow.ly/Pinu50CW6nv #AlbanyNY #MuseumFromHome #MakeArtEveryDay

Tomorrow! Join us Wednesday, December 30 at 1PM for a special family-friendly virtual Look & Learn art break! Discover h...
12/29/2020

Tomorrow! Join us Wednesday, December 30 at 1PM for a special family-friendly virtual Look & Learn art break! Discover how everyday items can be upcycled into artwork as we look closer at Joan Steiner's Look-Alikes dioramas. Free (suggested donation $10). Register on our website: http://ow.ly/4ZJj50CW5gp

#MuseumMomentOfZen | Chatham Barns by Frances Hynes, 1981, oil on linen, 42 H x 51 ½ W, Albany Institute of History & Ar...
12/29/2020

#MuseumMomentOfZen | Chatham Barns by Frances Hynes, 1981, oil on linen, 42 H x 51 ½ W, Albany Institute of History & Art; gift of Frances Hynes, 2017.3 #AlbanyNY #Chatham #FromTheCollection #MuseumFromHome

#MuseumMomentOfZen | Winter Forest, unidentified photographer, 1920s, gelatin silver print, Albany Institute of History ...
12/28/2020

#MuseumMomentOfZen | Winter Forest, unidentified photographer, 1920s, gelatin silver print, Albany Institute of History & Art, Walter Launt Palmer collection, BV 448, box 7, folder 84, DI 1133 #AlbanyNY #MuseumFromHome #Winter #Forest

We're open today from 12-5pm. Didn't get your timed tickets? Call us to see if we are busy: (518) 463-4478. Don't miss t...
12/27/2020

We're open today from 12-5pm. Didn't get your timed tickets? Call us to see if we are busy: (518) 463-4478. Don't miss the special display of the recently conserved painting The Head Waters by Walter Launt Palmer in our Hudson River School gallery. Learn more: https://www.albanyinstitute.org/ #AlbanyNY #DowntownAlbany

We're open today from 10am-5pm. Didn't get your timed tickets? Call us to see if we are busy: (518) 463-4478. Be sure to...
12/26/2020

We're open today from 10am-5pm. Didn't get your timed tickets? Call us to see if we are busy: (518) 463-4478. Be sure to pick up your Art To Go activity at the Admission Desk if you visit! Learn more: http://ow.ly/Vz0B50CTdNc #AlbanyNY #DowntownAlbany #ArtForAll #ArtToGo

The museum is closed today, December 25. From the collection: Answer the Red Cross Christmas Roll Call, c.1917, printed ...
12/25/2020

The museum is closed today, December 25. From the collection: Answer the Red Cross Christmas Roll Call, c.1917, printed by Ray Greenleaf, ink on paper, Albany Institute of History & Art Library, HW81-20, 14 #AlbanyNY #FromTheCollection

Historic #shopping rush #FromTheCollection: “Nylon Lineup North Pearl”, unidentified photographer, February 27, 1946, ge...
12/24/2020

Historic #shopping rush #FromTheCollection: “Nylon Lineup North Pearl”, unidentified photographer, February 27, 1946, gelatin silver print, gift of Michael Buonora, no. 344, B2/F32/PC34_DI1205 #AlbanyNY #DowntownAlbany

We are open our regular hours through the end of the year, but will be closed December 25 and January 1. Making plans to...
12/23/2020

We are open our regular hours through the end of the year, but will be closed December 25 and January 1. Making plans to visit? Check out our website for timed ticket information and a list of FAQs. Want to "visit" from home? Explore our Museum at Home activities on our website. Out for a walk in downtown Albany? Enjoy some snow scenes from our collection in an outdoor exhibition (like this one: Ice Skating on Washington Park Lake, Albany). Learn more: https://www.albanyinstitute.org/

[Unidentified photographer, 1912, gelatin silver photographic print, Albany Institute of History & Art, PA 81]

Next week! Join us on Dec 30 at 1pm for a special family-friendly Look & Learn art break as we look closer at Joan Stein...
12/23/2020

Next week! Join us on Dec 30 at 1pm for a special family-friendly Look & Learn art break as we look closer at Joan Steiner's Look-Alikes dioramas. Discover how every day items can be upcycled into artwork! Free (suggested donation $10). Register: http://ow.ly/xYqm50CT900 #AlbanyNY

...And the snow scenes are now a snow scene ❄️ #AlbanyNY #DowntownAlbany #Snow
12/22/2020

...And the snow scenes are now a snow scene ❄️ #AlbanyNY #DowntownAlbany #Snow

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Can't wait for you to be back open'
My husband and I visited the Albany Institute of History & Art on our way from Maine to Ohio. What a gem! From the moment we entered the museum we were treated to warm hospitality. We particularly enjoyed visiting with Teri, the tour guide who greeted us at the entrance to the Schuyler Sisters exhibit.
Art moved the world
Free Archaeology Event! Kids and Adults welcomed!
Happy International Cat Day!
Hello, I’m wondering if someone from the Institute might be able to help me. I was recently handed down a piece of what was intended to be a quilt topper, that was hand embroidered using Turkey Red thread by my Great-Great Aunt. She was born in 1880 and so the piece was probably made in the mid- to late-1890s. The piece is unfinished but my Aunt embroidered her name into the piece as well as a number of squares showing different scenes. There are a few areas where she must have written on the fabric with a pencil, probably sketching ideas, but they are very faded. I’d like to preserve this piece and perhaps restore the pencil sketches if possible. Do you know of anyone I could contact who could advise me as to the best way to preserve the piece and discuss restoring the pencil sketches? I’d like to display this piece in my home but want to make sure I do it correctly to preserve it. Thanks.
Am I the only person who saw the season premiere of Mysteries at the Museum on the Travel Channel last night? The Institute was mentioned because of its Hyatt Billiard Ball Company's creator, and Albany resident, John Wesley Hyatt.
Voting ends at 8:30 this morning! Saratoga National Historical Park is requesting your help to pull off an astounding win in #MuseumMadness! Simply click on the picture of Saratoga below to cast your vote and side with history! https://www.facebook.com/NPS.NMSC/posts/1737370742975239
I have a question about an Albany artifact. I don't see it listed on your webpage, but hopeful you may know where it is. In 1804 when they were going to demolish the first St. Peter's church in the intersection of State and Broadway, John Stevenson Jr. removed the bones of his father, Sheriff John Stevenson and 5 of his children which were entombed in St. Peter's and moved them to the new St. Peter's church. At that time he had made a silver plaque to put over the new resting place. In 1859 they demolished the newer St. Peter's and moved the bones to Albany Rural Cemetery (Evergreen, as it was called then). Does anyone know what happened to the silver plaque? James, son of John Jr. I believe directed the second removal, so it could of stayed with the family, but I would like to know if it still exists and where. It is a rare piece of Albany history that I would like to track down for a research article. Thank you.
Maybe they prefer the view out the window? #AlbanyInstitute #back