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Albany Institute of History & Art

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Address: 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
Phone Number: +1 518-463-4478
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Wed - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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Step inside one of the oldest museums in North America for a glimpse of...

Step inside one of the oldest museums in North America for a glimpse of what life was like in old Albany and the Upper Hudson Valley through an amazing collection of furniture, clothing, paintings, silver and photographs, all celebrating the importance of this region in American history.

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we were lucky to happen upon an exhibit that was closing the next day It was all about paper, and included so many original documents including letters from washington and some... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 October 2016
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Middlebury, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

we were lucky to happen upon an exhibit that was closing the next day It was all about paper, and included so many original documents including letters from washington and some of the original federalist. plus so much more If this is any indication of the type of exhibit they mount, well worth the trip. its 2.25 on saturday right... More 

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Pittsburgh PA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

We stopped here to see the temporary exhibit on Alexander Hamilton, focused on his life through an Albany-specific lens. We stopped by after visiting the Schuyler mansion, and just about everyone else from our mansion tour did the same. It was a great exhibit filled with interesting artifacts and things we hadn't seen before. It was only one room, but... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

The museum is small, but just the right size. We saw 4 different exhibits without getting museum overload. The gift shop was full of tempting goodies. There's also a cafe. The staff were very helpful, with good suggestions for something to fill the time between museum closing and our supper reservation.

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Augusta, GA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

This museum offers North American reciprocal entry, so that was a plus. Gentlemen who welcomed us was so nice. There was a fun exhibit called Art of Seating which included chairs throughout the years, many of which were pretty fun. There was also an exhibit about Alexander Hamilton that was excellent, especially the video. The Hudson River School of Art... More 

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Upstate New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Fascinating, eclectic and very enjoyable exhibit of seldom seen items from the museum's collection. A wonderful combination of history and art. And the written descriptions accompanying each piece were terrific. We took advantage of the free admission on Thursday evenings (5-8pm) and had no trouble parking in the onsite lot.

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Ridgewood, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

This is a surprise gem. The holdings of Hudson River School painters such as Thomas Cole, are impressive. The current exhibition about Alexander Hamilton and Albany is enlightening and beautifully presented. Don't miss this museum.

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

The Institute is a wonderful place that offers something for young and old. I highly recommend TAKE THE GUIDED TOUR. It's well worth it for historical insight you get from the educated professionals that share their passion and knowledge of artifacts and art.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

A lovely pause from the heat in a cool well curated small museum with permanent and specia exhibits. Personnel is very nice. Certainly worth one hour in your day in Albany. Do not leave without having a cappucino and a piece of cake at the cafe. Wonderful!

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Albany, New York, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

This is an Albany must-see. They have a great collection of art and rotating art located near the Capitol. Nice little cafe and gift shop as well.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

A little gem in Albany. The collection of Hudson River School was impressive and the two rooms of Egyptian artifacts kept hubby memorized for quite some time. Two mummies and a beautiful sarcophagus, lots of other interesting artifacts. Very friendly staff, very quiet museum (for a Saturday afternoon). Unbelievable price right now .... $2.25 per person on Saturdays to celebrate... More 

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