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225th Anniversary of the Albany Institute of History & Art

New York's Oldest Museum Turns 225

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The Albany Institute of History & Art is celebrating is 225th Anniversary this year. From early colonial portraiture and silver to contemporary work by nationally acclaimed artists, the institute has amassed a superb collection of works connected with the Upper Hudson Valley region. The Albany Institute of History & Art is New York's oldest museum and few organizations have such a distinguished history. Join the institute in celebrating this dignified year with special exhibitions, events, and admission rates all year long!


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Signature Events

The Art of Seating: Two Hundred Years of American Design

October 01, 2016 to December 31, 2016 (Recurring daily)

OCTOBER 1-DECEMBER 31, 2016 The Art of Seating, an exhibition organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, presents exceptional American chair designs from the early nineteenth ce...

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A Gather of Glass: Selections from the Museum's Collection

June 22, 2016 (Recurring daily)

Since its invention, glass has been a critical medium for almost every field and purpose, ranging from elaborate fine-art work to practical household items and everything in between. "A Gather of...

Abraham Lincoln: The Albany Connections

June 22, 2016 (Recurring daily)

Abraham Lincoln visited Albany twice, the first time in 1861 while on his way from Springfield, Illinois, to Washington for his March 4 inauguration as the country's sixteenth president. When Mayor Ge...

Ancient Egypt

June 22, 2016 (Recurring daily)

Egyptologist and Guest Curator Dr. Peter Lacovara has incorporated the research and scientific discoveries revealed in the GE Presents: The Mystery of the Albany Mummies exhibition into a new exhibiti...

Nineteenth-Century American Sculpture: Erastus Dow Palmer and His Protégés Launt Thompson, Charles C

June 22, 2016 (Recurring daily)

Designed to showcase the museum's nationally known collection of mid- to late-nineteenth-century sculpture, this exhibition features twenty plaster, marble, and bronze sculptures, and framed bas-relie...

Traders and Culture: Colonial Albany and the Formation of American Identity

June 22, 2016 (Recurring daily)

The character and culture of Albany and the Upper Hudson Valley have roots in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the early inhabitants of the region, their beliefs, relationships, and interacti...



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