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Albany Institute of History & Art

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Address: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210-2202
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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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A Great Small City Asset

The Albany Institute has invited visitors to enjoy its eclectic collections and exhibits for more than a century. We visited recently principally to see a small exhibit on... read more

Reviewed 26 February 2017
Tom T
Bernalillo, New Mexico
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Bernalillo, New Mexico
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Reviewed 26 February 2017

The Albany Institute has invited visitors to enjoy its eclectic collections and exhibits for more than a century. We visited recently principally to see a small exhibit on Alexander Hamilton, who lived and worked in Albany for several years in the 1780s. We stayed around longer to view current exhibits ranging from rock and roll photography to classic alabaster portrait... More 

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Reviewed 14 February 2017

Wonderful collection . Always some new artist on display . Book store could be a little bigger. Parking sometime is a problem, not a large parking lot. Best to go during the week.

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new york
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Reviewed 30 January 2017

We visited on a Saturday and were warmly greeted by the admission representative a very pleasant gentleman and given a rundown of the museum exhibits and layout of the building. Enjoyed the Rock-n-Roll Photography exhibit as well as the the Hudson River Painter display. Loved the " Look Alike" dioramas but unfortunately nothing on the display, brochure was represented but... More 

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Castleton On Hudson, New York
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Reviewed 24 January 2017

We wenr specifically to see two exhibits, one on the history of Chairs, and one of Rock n Roll photographs - both were excellent to walk through. We had both been here before but many years ago, so it was nice to rediscover. There is a lovely gift shop too. Small parking lot, metered street parking, and on a bus... More 

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Albany, New York
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Reviewed 19 January 2017

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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Reviewed 18 January 2017

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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Reviewed 8 January 2017

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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Reviewed 31 December 2016

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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Reviewed 26 October 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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Reviewed 19 October 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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