Come explore one of the oldest museums in the United States. The Albany Institute of History & 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.