Explore one of the oldest museums in the United States. The Albany Institute of History and Art, founded in 1791, holds the best collection in the United States that documents the life of the Upper Hudson Valley. The collections showcase the region’s heritage by expressing its culture, history and art. These consist of objects owned and used by people from all ages, social classes, economic backgrounds and cultural groups. Featured items range from fine arts to furnishings, personal objects, documents, photography and more.
The historic museum is famous for several things, mostly the Hudson River school paintings and the Albany Mummies. It also offers a wide variety of performances, lectures, festivals and exhibitions (both long term and featured ones). Educational and family programs are also available to provide people with interactive learning programs in order to help them connect to the artifacts. The museum library also presents special collections made up of almanacs, bibles, books, certificates and more.
Admission into the museum is free for members. Adult tickets are $10 while senior/student tickets are $8. Children between ages 6-12 cost $6. Children under 6 are free of charge.
“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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