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Albany Institute of History & Art

(518) 463-4478
125 Washington Avenue
Albany , NY 122102296

Founded in 1791, the Albany Institute of History & Art is a museum dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting and promoting interest in the history, art and culture of Albany and the upper Hudson Valley region.

Undercover: Revealing Design in Quilts, Coverlets, and Bed Hangings. October 11, 2014 through March 8, 2015.
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When: Today until Sun, Mar 8, 2015 at 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: Albany Institute of History & Art
Cost: Adults $10, Seniors $8, Students (with ID) $8, Children (6-12) $6, Children (under 6) Free, Members Free
In the private space of the bedroom, the world takes center stage. There, on the elevated platform of the bed, matters of politics, international trade, social events, religion, and cultural affairs come alive in the elaborate designs and patterns displayed on American quilts, coverlets, and bed furnishings. Bed covers of all types are the perfect canvas for displaying ideas about the world beyond the bedroom door. They make connections to foreign lands and fabricate realms of fantasy and childhood whimsy. This exhibition investigates the designs and patterns that decorate American bedcovers of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. More than thirty bed covers and complementary objects reveal a variety of imagery used by American women and men to decorate their bed covers. Due to the light-sensitive nature of these textiles, these pieces are rarely on view and many have not been on public display for over thirty years. We are pleased to present them in this exhibition.
When: Today at 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
We're changing our exhibitions and offering half-priced admission while we set up our next big show!
When: Today at 6:00 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: Free admission
Sculptor, songwriter, and performer Rachel Mason is with us for a special event, which is free and open to the public.
When: Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
We're changing our exhibitions and offering half-priced admission while we set up our next big show!
When: Sat, Jan 31, 2015 at 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: Free with museum admission
Saturdays from 10am to 4:30pm Mid October to Mid May. (Additional days of the week added during holiday breaks!) Bring your family to the museum and spend the day being creative! Join us in the Albany Institute of History & Art studio for drop in art making!
When: Sat, Jan 31, 2015 at 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
We're changing our exhibitions and offering half-priced admission while we set up our next big show!
When: Sat, Jan 31, 2015 at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: Free with museum admission
Tour our galleries with our trained museum docents! Free with museum admission.
When: Sun, Feb 1, 2015 at 10:00 AM to 5:00 AM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
We're changing our exhibitions and offering half-priced admission while we set up our next big show!
When: Sun, Feb 1, 2015 at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: Free with museum admission
Tour our galleries with our trained museum docents! Free with museum admission.
When: Wed, Feb 4, 2015 at 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
We're changing our exhibitions and offering half-priced admission while we set up our next big show!
When: Thu, Feb 5, 2015 at 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
We're changing our exhibitions and offering half-priced admission while we set up our next big show!
When: Fri, Feb 6, 2015 at 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
We're changing our exhibitions and offering half-priced admission while we set up our next big show!
When: Fri, Feb 6, 2015 at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: Free admission, RSVP required
Join us for opening night of Triple Play! Baseball at the Albany Institute. Free admission, but please RSVP to (518) 463-4478 ext 403.
When: Sat, Feb 7, 2015 at 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: Free with museum admission
Saturdays from 10am to 4:30pm Mid October to Mid May. (Additional days of the week added during holiday breaks!) Bring your family to the museum and spend the day being creative! Join us in the Albany Institute of History & Art studio for drop in art making!
When: Sat, Feb 7, 2015 at 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: Museum admission
Opening day of our new exhibit Triple Play!
When: Sat, Feb 7, 2015 at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: Free with museum admission
Tour our galleries with our trained museum docents! Free with museum admission.
When: Sun, Feb 8, 2015 at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: $10
Our special guest is John Thorn, Official Baseball Historian for Major League Baseball! Tickets to this event are $10 per person and may be purchased online.
When: Thu, Feb 12, 2015 at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: Free admission
Local artist and performer Clifford Oliver Mealy re-creates the persona of Solomon Northup, a free African-American New Yorker kidnapped into slavery before the Civil War, whose story is also a 2013 Academy Award-winning motion picture. Free admission
When: Sat, Feb 14, 2015 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: $5.00
Bring friends, family, and colleagues to work together to create beautiful Lego structures. $5.00
When: Sat, Feb 14, 2015 at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: Free with museum admission
Tour our galleries with our trained museum docents! Free with museum admission.
When: Sat, Feb 14, 2015 at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: $5.00
Bring friends, family, and colleagues to work together to create beautiful Lego structures. $5.00
When: Sun, Feb 15, 2015 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: $5.00
Bring friends, family, and colleagues to work together to create beautiful Lego structures. $5.00
When: Sun, Feb 15, 2015 at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: Free with museum admission
Tour our galleries with our trained museum docents! Free with museum admission.
When: Mon, Feb 16, 2015 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: $5.00
Bring friends, family, and colleagues to work together to create beautiful Lego structures. $5.00
When: Mon, Feb 16, 2015 at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: Free with museum admission
Tour our galleries with our trained museum docents! Free with museum admission.
When: Mon, Feb 16, 2015 at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: $5.00
Bring friends, family, and colleagues to work together to create beautiful Lego structures. $5.00
When: Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: Free admission
Come see short films made by area filmmakers. Free and open to the public.
When: Sat, Feb 21, 2015 at 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: Free with museum admission
Saturdays from 10am to 4:30pm Mid October to Mid May. (Additional days of the week added during holiday breaks!) Bring your family to the museum and spend the day being creative! Join us in the Albany Institute of History & Art studio for drop in art making!
When: Sat, Feb 21, 2015 at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: Free with museum admission
Tour our galleries with our trained museum docents! Free with museum admission.
When: Sun, Feb 22, 2015 at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: Free with museum admission
Tour our galleries with our trained museum docents! Free with museum admission.
When: Sun, Feb 22, 2015 at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: Free with museum admission
Our special guest is Janet Marie Smith, Senior Vice President of Planning and Development for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
When: Sun, Feb 22, 2015 at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: Free admission
Come see short films made by area filmmakers. Free and open to the public.
When: Sat, Feb 28, 2015 at 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: Free with museum admission
Saturdays from 10am to 4:30pm Mid October to Mid May. (Additional days of the week added during holiday breaks!) Bring your family to the museum and spend the day being creative! Join us in the Albany Institute of History & Art studio for drop in art making!
When: Sat, Feb 28, 2015 at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: Free with museum admission
Tour our galleries with our trained museum docents! Free with museum admission.
When: Sun, Mar 1, 2015 at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: Free with museum admission
Tour our galleries with our trained museum docents! Free with museum admission.
When: Sun, Mar 1, 2015 at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: Free admission
Special guest Tim Wiles, former Director of Research at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, is with us to share incredible stories from baseball's history. Free and open to the public.
When: Sat, Mar 7, 2015 at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: Free with museum admission
Tour our galleries with our trained museum docents! Free with museum admission.
When: Sun, Mar 8, 2015 at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: Free with museum admission
Tour our galleries with our trained museum docents! Free with museum admission.
When: Sun, Mar 8, 2015 at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: Free with museum admission
Join Chief Curator Doug McCombs for a special tour of our textile exhibition!
When: Thu, Mar 12, 2015 at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: Free admission
Special guest David Pietrusza is a producer, screenwriter, and award-winning author. After the screening of the film, Local Heroes, he will discuss making it. Free and open to the public.
When: Sat, Mar 14, 2015 at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: Free with museum admission
Tour our galleries with our trained museum docents! Free with museum admission.
When: Sun, Mar 15, 2015 at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: Free with museum admission
Tour our galleries with our trained museum docents! Free with museum admission.
When: Sun, Mar 15, 2015 at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: Free with museum admission
Our special guest is Randall T. Craig, Professor and Chair of the Department of English at the University at Albany.
When: Sat, Mar 21, 2015 at 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: Free with museum admission
We are celebrating this new book, which features artwork by local artist Elizabeth Zunon! Meet the people who wrote and designed the book, as well as the inspiration for the book itself! Create artwork and get your own signed copy of the book too. Free with museum admission.
When: Sat, Mar 21, 2015 at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: Free with museum admission
Tour our galleries with our trained museum docents! Free with museum admission.
When: Sun, Mar 22, 2015 at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: Free with museum admission
Tour our galleries with our trained museum docents! Free with museum admission.
When: Sun, Mar 22, 2015 at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: Free with museum admission
This special discussion will include Edward Delanty, Dick Barrett and others and will be moderated by journalist and author Paul Grondahl.
When: Thu, Mar 26, 2015 at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: Free admission
With this series of eight open-mic story-telling events, the Partners for Albany Stories invite you to share stories about you and your family that relate to the history of Albany. Storytellers sign up on a first-come, first-tell basis one hour prior to the event and have 10 minutes at the microphone to enchant and enlighten the audience. Stories will be video documented for preservation at the Albany Public Library. Interested but not sure what to talk about? Check our websites for story suggestions. Interested, know what you want to talk about, but want help with telling your story? Come to a free coaching session one hour before each event.
When: Sat, Mar 28, 2015 at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: Free with museum admission
Tour our galleries with our trained museum docents! Free with museum admission.
When: Sun, Mar 29, 2015 at 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: Free with museum admission
Can't wait for opening day? Come to the museum for some baseball fun!
When: Sun, Mar 29, 2015 at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: Free with museum admission
Tour our galleries with our trained museum docents! Free with museum admission.
When: Wed, Apr 8, 2015 at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: $25 non-members; $20 members (per person)
Hosted by the Times Union Sports Editorial Team, this trivia session will be packed with tough questions about baseball, great refreshments and beer, and gloating rights to the winners. Sign up today!
When: Sun, Apr 12, 2015 at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: Free with museum admission
Guest lecturer, Michael E. Lomax, Independent Scholar and Author
When: Sun, Apr 19, 2015 at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: Free with museum admission
Our special guest is author and historian Frank M. Keetz.
When: Sun, Apr 26, 2015 at 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Where: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: Free with museum admission
We have lots of fun, baseball-related activities planned, so be sure to bring friends and family with you!
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