“The Albany Institute of History and Art, a few blocks away from the Capitol, is one of America’s oldest museums. The Institute’s elegant and studied collection documents the rise of the Capital and Upper Hudson Valley regions, their political and cultural identities, and reveals how much of the epic story of modern America— from smudgy jewel in the colonial crown to dominant mercantile powerhouse—begins in upstate New York, right here on the Hudson River. There are even two mummies with a fascinating history of how they ended up in New York’s Capital District.
Established in 1791, the Albany Institute of History and Art, has among its collections of art and artifacts from the 17th century to present day, two current exhibits: “Masterworks: 225 Years of Collecting” and “Abraham Lincoln: The Albany Connections.”
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