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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Need an art break while you're downtown? Explore our outdoor pop-up exhibition of artwork from our collection, including...
06/01/2021

Need an art break while you're downtown? Explore our outdoor pop-up exhibition of artwork from our collection, including "American Falls Illuminated" by Bill Sullivan from 1990. #PrideMonth #ArtOutdoors #AlbanyNY #DowntownAlbany #BillSullivan

The museum is closed today, Monday, May 31 in observance of Memorial Day. From the collection: Man in a Cemetery by Otto...
05/31/2021

The museum is closed today, Monday, May 31 in observance of Memorial Day. From the collection: Man in a Cemetery by Otto Plaug (1898-2000) from 1919 or later.

More about this painting: "The painting depicts a man mourning over a fresh grave in a beachside cemetery, very likely along the north coast of Europe. Plaug was studying art in Germany at the outbreak of World War I in 1914 and he remained in Germany until 1919, when he returned to the United States to be with his father and sister in Saratoga County, New York. He may have painted the scene from actual experience before he left Europe, although it is possible he painted it years later as a reflection on the regretful costs of the war."

[oil on canvas, 18 3/4 H x 24 W, gift of Albert B. Roberts, 2020.12.1368]

The museum is closed today, Monday, May 31 in observance of Memorial Day. From the collection: Man in a Cemetery by Otto Plaug (1898-2000) from 1919 or later.

More about this painting: "The painting depicts a man mourning over a fresh grave in a beachside cemetery, very likely along the north coast of Europe. Plaug was studying art in Germany at the outbreak of World War I in 1914 and he remained in Germany until 1919, when he returned to the United States to be with his father and sister in Saratoga County, New York. He may have painted the scene from actual experience before he left Europe, although it is possible he painted it years later as a reflection on the regretful costs of the war."

[oil on canvas, 18 3/4 H x 24 W, gift of Albert B. Roberts, 2020.12.1368]

"Claverack Landing, 1764" by Len Tantillo from 2013. This painting is currently on view in the exhibition A Sense of Tim...
05/30/2021

"Claverack Landing, 1764" by Len Tantillo from 2013. This painting is currently on view in the exhibition A Sense of Time: The Historical Art of L. F. Tantillo (through July 25, 2021).

[oil on canvas, collection of Dean Hampton]
#AlbanyNY #LenTantillo

"Claverack Landing, 1764" by Len Tantillo from 2013. This painting is currently on view in the exhibition A Sense of Time: The Historical Art of L. F. Tantillo (through July 25, 2021).

[oil on canvas, collection of Dean Hampton]
#AlbanyNY #LenTantillo

"The Dayliner Albany" by Len Tantillo from 2007. This painting is currently on view in the exhibition A Sense of Time: T...
05/29/2021

"The Dayliner Albany" by Len Tantillo from 2007. This painting is currently on view in the exhibition A Sense of Time: The Historical Art of L. F. Tantillo (through July 25, 2021).

[oil on canvas, private collection]
#AlbanyNY #LenTantillo

"The Dayliner Albany" by Len Tantillo from 2007. This painting is currently on view in the exhibition A Sense of Time: The Historical Art of L. F. Tantillo (through July 25, 2021).

[oil on canvas, private collection]
#AlbanyNY #LenTantillo

"Hudson River Steam Shack, c. 1880" by Len Tantillo from 2020. This painting is currently on view in the exhibition A Se...
05/28/2021

"Hudson River Steam Shack, c. 1880" by Len Tantillo from 2020. This painting is currently on view in the exhibition A Sense of Time: The Historical Art of L. F. Tantillo (through July 25, 2021).

[oil on canvas, collection of the Ami and Warren Greatbatch]
#AlbanyNY #LenTantillo

"Hudson River Steam Shack, c. 1880" by Len Tantillo from 2020. This painting is currently on view in the exhibition A Sense of Time: The Historical Art of L. F. Tantillo (through July 25, 2021).

[oil on canvas, collection of the Ami and Warren Greatbatch]
#AlbanyNY #LenTantillo

Have you heard? Registration is open for our virtual summer art program Artful Mornings for kids 6-12. Sign up for some ...
05/28/2021

Have you heard? Registration is open for our virtual summer art program Artful Mornings for kids 6-12. Sign up for some fun, hands-on activities led by our art instructors and learn new things, experiment with new ideas, connect with new people, and make beautiful works of art. Summer class techniques will include drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and more. Class registration includes material kits and live instruction via Zoom, as well as extension activities that can be completed independently. In addition to hands-on art programming, participants will get virtual introductions to objects in the museum’s collections and exhibitions. Sessions start July 13. Learn more and register online: http://ow.ly/kxI650ETYHX

Have you heard? Registration is open for our virtual summer art program Artful Mornings for kids 6-12. Sign up for some fun, hands-on activities led by our art instructors and learn new things, experiment with new ideas, connect with new people, and make beautiful works of art. Summer class techniques will include drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and more. Class registration includes material kits and live instruction via Zoom, as well as extension activities that can be completed independently. In addition to hands-on art programming, participants will get virtual introductions to objects in the museum’s collections and exhibitions. Sessions start July 13. Learn more and register online: http://ow.ly/kxI650ETYHX

On Thursday, June 17 at 7PM, local author, educator, and musician Carol Daggs will speak about her family's over 120-yea...
05/27/2021

On Thursday, June 17 at 7PM, local author, educator, and musician Carol Daggs will speak about her family's over 120-year history as Saratogians. Daggs' novel "Saratoga Soul Brandtville Blues" is this year's Saratoga Reads! selection from the Saratoga Springs Public Library. Her presentation, based on the book, will discuss the "Brandtville" in the east side of Saratoga Springs. This area was also known as the Gaslands for its high carbon dioxide levels from the mineral springs. Many residents of this area found employment in the grand hotels, restaurants, or at the racecourse. Carol focuses her narrative on her family's rich farming history in this neighborhood and their subsequent story as the area changed over the decades. This program is free ($10 suggested donation) and registration is required. Register online: http://ow.ly/xFxJ50ETX9T

On Thursday, June 17 at 7PM, local author, educator, and musician Carol Daggs will speak about her family's over 120-year history as Saratogians. Daggs' novel "Saratoga Soul Brandtville Blues" is this year's Saratoga Reads! selection from the Saratoga Springs Public Library. Her presentation, based on the book, will discuss the "Brandtville" in the east side of Saratoga Springs. This area was also known as the Gaslands for its high carbon dioxide levels from the mineral springs. Many residents of this area found employment in the grand hotels, restaurants, or at the racecourse. Carol focuses her narrative on her family's rich farming history in this neighborhood and their subsequent story as the area changed over the decades. This program is free ($10 suggested donation) and registration is required. Register online: http://ow.ly/xFxJ50ETX9T

Looking to be creative at home? Remember to check out our collection of Museum Maker activities for inspiration and feel...
05/27/2021

Looking to be creative at home? Remember to check out our collection of Museum Maker activities for inspiration and feel free to share your work with us when you are done! We love seeing your creations! Find projects here: http://ow.ly/RdEl50ETY6T

Looking to be creative at home? Remember to check out our collection of Museum Maker activities for inspiration and feel free to share your work with us when you are done! We love seeing your creations! Find projects here: http://ow.ly/RdEl50ETY6T

"Hudson River Nocturne" by Len Tantillo from 2016. This painting is currently on view in the exhibition A Sense of Time:...
05/26/2021

"Hudson River Nocturne" by Len Tantillo from 2016. This painting is currently on view in the exhibition A Sense of Time: The Historical Art of L. F. Tantillo (through July 25, 2021).

[oil on canvas, collection of Jeff Travis and Frederika Foreman]
#AlbanyNY #LenTantillo

"Hudson River Nocturne" by Len Tantillo from 2016. This painting is currently on view in the exhibition A Sense of Time: The Historical Art of L. F. Tantillo (through July 25, 2021).

[oil on canvas, collection of Jeff Travis and Frederika Foreman]
#AlbanyNY #LenTantillo

Reflecting on the 2020 Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region and two purchase prizes now in our collection: ...
05/26/2021
Interview with Junior Interpreter Sasha and Artist Amy Silberkleit

Reflecting on the 2020 Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region and two purchase prizes now in our collection: "1918" and "Shelter in Place, Paper Wasp" both by artist Amy Silberkleit. Learn more about her work and these pieces in particular in a conversation she had with Sasha, one of our Junior Interpreters. The interview is now available on our YouTube channel.

Reminder! The 2021 Mohawk Hudson Regional Call for Art is live and submissions are due by Monday, May 31. The exhibition...
05/26/2021

Reminder! The 2021 Mohawk Hudson Regional Call for Art is live and submissions are due by Monday, May 31. The exhibition, which will be hosted this fall by Albany Center Gallery, Albany International Airport Gallery, and Opalka Gallery, will reflect the spirit of creative innovation that distinguishes our regional arts community. For schedule, jurors, and more information about this year's exciting new format, please visit our website (or the host venues' websites!) http://ow.ly/HG7S50ETSAj

#MohawkHudsonRegional2021 #MHR2021 #AlbanyNY

Reminder! The 2021 Mohawk Hudson Regional Call for Art is live and submissions are due by Monday, May 31. The exhibition, which will be hosted this fall by Albany Center Gallery, Albany International Airport Gallery, and Opalka Gallery, will reflect the spirit of creative innovation that distinguishes our regional arts community. For schedule, jurors, and more information about this year's exciting new format, please visit our website (or the host venues' websites!) http://ow.ly/HG7S50ETSAj

#MohawkHudsonRegional2021 #MHR2021 #AlbanyNY

This Thursday, May 27 at 7PM, we're teaming up with the Albany Public Library for our monthly Book & Art Club. Our book ...
05/24/2021

This Thursday, May 27 at 7PM, we're teaming up with the Albany Public Library for our monthly Book & Art Club. Our book is The Monsters We Make by Kali White. This program is free, but registration is required. Sign up through the APL's website: http://ow.ly/dqEu50ETR8O #AlbanyNY

This Thursday, May 27 at 7PM, we're teaming up with the Albany Public Library for our monthly Book & Art Club. Our book is The Monsters We Make by Kali White. This program is free, but registration is required. Sign up through the APL's website: http://ow.ly/dqEu50ETR8O #AlbanyNY

A lunchtime #MuseumMomentofZen | House in Rensselaerville by Harold Streator (1861-1926) c. 1913[oil on canvas, Albany I...
05/24/2021

A lunchtime #MuseumMomentofZen | House in Rensselaerville by Harold Streator (1861-1926) c. 1913

[oil on canvas, Albany Institute of History & Art, gift of Norman S. Rice, 2015.21.2] #AlbanyNY

A lunchtime #MuseumMomentofZen | House in Rensselaerville by Harold Streator (1861-1926) c. 1913

[oil on canvas, Albany Institute of History & Art, gift of Norman S. Rice, 2015.21.2] #AlbanyNY

#MuseumMomentOfZen | View of Shaker Creek by Richard Callner (1927-2007) from 1988(watercolor and gouache on paper, ht.7...
05/23/2021

#MuseumMomentOfZen | View of Shaker Creek by Richard Callner (1927-2007) from 1988

(watercolor and gouache on paper, ht.7” x w.11 ¾”, Albany Institute of History & Art Purchase, 1988.23.2)

#AlbanyNY #RichardCallner

#MuseumMomentOfZen | View of Shaker Creek by Richard Callner (1927-2007) from 1988

(watercolor and gouache on paper, ht.7” x w.11 ¾”, Albany Institute of History & Art Purchase, 1988.23.2)

#AlbanyNY #RichardCallner

"The General Store, 1938" by Len Tantillo from 1998. This painting is currently on view in the exhibition A Sense of Tim...
05/22/2021

"The General Store, 1938" by Len Tantillo from 1998. This painting is currently on view in the exhibition A Sense of Time: The Historical Art of L. F. Tantillo (through July 25, 2021).

[acrylic on panel, collection of the artist]
#AlbanyNY #LenTantillo

"The General Store, 1938" by Len Tantillo from 1998. This painting is currently on view in the exhibition A Sense of Time: The Historical Art of L. F. Tantillo (through July 25, 2021).

[acrylic on panel, collection of the artist]
#AlbanyNY #LenTantillo

Weekend plans? | Rowboats on Washington Park Lake, late 1800s, platinum print, ht.4 1/2" x w.7 3/4", Albany Institute of...
05/22/2021

Weekend plans? | Rowboats on Washington Park Lake, late 1800s, platinum print, ht.4 1/2" x w.7 3/4", Albany Institute of History & Art Library, Main Photo Collection, Ser 19_34, 371 #AlbanyNY #WashingtonPark

Weekend plans? | Rowboats on Washington Park Lake, late 1800s, platinum print, ht.4 1/2" x w.7 3/4", Albany Institute of History & Art Library, Main Photo Collection, Ser 19_34, 371 #AlbanyNY #WashingtonPark

We heard the New York State canal system is now officially open! Here's one of the historic canal photographs from our l...
05/21/2021

We heard the New York State canal system is now officially open! Here's one of the historic canal photographs from our library collection. | Beginning the Barge Canal, Waterford NY, salt print, ht. 5" x w. 7", 1993.010.10228P #AlbanyNY #canal

We heard the New York State canal system is now officially open! Here's one of the historic canal photographs from our library collection. | Beginning the Barge Canal, Waterford NY, salt print, ht. 5" x w. 7", 1993.010.10228P #AlbanyNY #canal

Some bicycles from the collection for #biketoworkday | White Sewing Machine and Bicycle Company, 92 North Pearl Street, ...
05/21/2021

Some bicycles from the collection for #biketoworkday | White Sewing Machine and Bicycle Company, 92 North Pearl Street, unidentified photographer, gelatin silver print, c. 1895, AIHA Library, gift of Kathy Quinn, LIB 2014.2.15.4.155 _MPC_Ser15B4_679 #AlbanyNY

Some bicycles from the collection for #biketoworkday | White Sewing Machine and Bicycle Company, 92 North Pearl Street, unidentified photographer, gelatin silver print, c. 1895, AIHA Library, gift of Kathy Quinn, LIB 2014.2.15.4.155 _MPC_Ser15B4_679 #AlbanyNY

#MuseumMomentOfZen | The Fisherman's Home by Francis A. Silva (1835-1886) from 1879(Watercolor and gouche on paper, h.17...
05/20/2021

#MuseumMomentOfZen | The Fisherman's Home by Francis A. Silva (1835-1886) from 1879

(Watercolor and gouche on paper, h.17 3/4" x w.27 1/2", Albany Institute of History & Art Purchase, gift by exchange Governor and Mrs. W. Averell Harriman, 1984.38) #AlbanyNY

#MuseumMomentOfZen | The Fisherman's Home by Francis A. Silva (1835-1886) from 1879

(Watercolor and gouche on paper, h.17 3/4" x w.27 1/2", Albany Institute of History & Art Purchase, gift by exchange Governor and Mrs. W. Averell Harriman, 1984.38) #AlbanyNY

Help us spread the word! Next Tuesday, May 25 at 4PM the United Way of the Greater Capital Region and their Equity Partn...
05/20/2021

Help us spread the word! Next Tuesday, May 25 at 4PM the United Way of the Greater Capital Region and their Equity Partners, including the Albany Institue, will host a virtual presentation from world-renowned author, activist, and scholar Barbara Smith, titled "The Roots of Racism," followed by a Q&A.

As a lifelong activist for social justice and racial equality, Barbara Smith has played a groundbreaking role in commencing a national cultural and political dialogue about the intersections of race, class, sexuality, and gender.

This discussion will set the stage for the Capital Region's re-launch of the 21-Day Equity Challenge, which is scheduled to begin on Juneteenth (June 19th). Register online: https://www.unitedwaygcr.org/EquityChallenge

Help us spread the word! Next Tuesday, May 25 at 4PM the United Way of the Greater Capital Region and their Equity Partners, including the Albany Institue, will host a virtual presentation from world-renowned author, activist, and scholar Barbara Smith, titled "The Roots of Racism," followed by a Q&A.

As a lifelong activist for social justice and racial equality, Barbara Smith has played a groundbreaking role in commencing a national cultural and political dialogue about the intersections of race, class, sexuality, and gender.

This discussion will set the stage for the Capital Region's re-launch of the 21-Day Equity Challenge, which is scheduled to begin on Juneteenth (June 19th). Register online: https://www.unitedwaygcr.org/EquityChallenge

Planning a visit? At this time, all staff and visitors over the age of 2 are required to wear a mask or face covering wh...
05/19/2021

Planning a visit? At this time, all staff and visitors over the age of 2 are required to wear a mask or face covering while at the museum. Learn more about our policies, current exhibitions, and timed tickets (still encouraged!) on our website: http://ow.ly/qw2v50EQw5J #AlbanyNY

Planning a visit? At this time, all staff and visitors over the age of 2 are required to wear a mask or face covering while at the museum. Learn more about our policies, current exhibitions, and timed tickets (still encouraged!) on our website: http://ow.ly/qw2v50EQw5J #AlbanyNY

Join us this Saturday, May 22 at 1PM for "A Disappearing Country: Algonkian Life in the 18th Century Northeast (1700-176...
05/18/2021

Join us this Saturday, May 22 at 1PM for "A Disappearing Country: Algonkian Life in the 18th Century Northeast (1700-1763)" with educator and living historian Drew Shuptar-Rayvis (Pekatawas MakataweU "Black Corn").

In this virtual program, glimpse the seismic changes in Algonkian life (daily living, customs of war, adoption/captivity, alliances, friendships and marriages between Natives, Europeans and Africans) during the first half of the 18th century as the consequences of contact with new European neighbors in the Northeast rippled outward. The rising fur trade, persistent conversion efforts from Christian missionaries, epidemic disease and forced removal from tribal lands changed the balance of Algonkian life forever even as further colonial wars raged on, including Queen Anne’s, King William’s and the Seven Years’ War.

This program is free, with a suggested donation of $10. Registration is required and available online: http://ow.ly/tG6J50EPkHn

#AlbanyNY #MuseumFromHome #Algonkian

Join us this Saturday, May 22 at 1PM for "A Disappearing Country: Algonkian Life in the 18th Century Northeast (1700-1763)" with educator and living historian Drew Shuptar-Rayvis (Pekatawas MakataweU "Black Corn").

In this virtual program, glimpse the seismic changes in Algonkian life (daily living, customs of war, adoption/captivity, alliances, friendships and marriages between Natives, Europeans and Africans) during the first half of the 18th century as the consequences of contact with new European neighbors in the Northeast rippled outward. The rising fur trade, persistent conversion efforts from Christian missionaries, epidemic disease and forced removal from tribal lands changed the balance of Algonkian life forever even as further colonial wars raged on, including Queen Anne’s, King William’s and the Seven Years’ War.

This program is free, with a suggested donation of $10. Registration is required and available online: http://ow.ly/tG6J50EPkHn

#AlbanyNY #MuseumFromHome #Algonkian

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Is the museum open to the public?
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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.
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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.
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