Albany

United States



Address:
125 Washington Avenue
New York
12210
Phone: 518-463-4478
Fax: 518-462-1522
Website: http://www.albanyinstitut

Albany Institute Of History & Art

Founded in 1791, the Albany Institute of History & Art (AIHA) is a 501(c) 3 cultural and educational institution dedicated to public service. As a museum, its mission is to collect, preserve and interpret the art, history and culture of Albany and the upper Hudson Valley region from the 17th century to the present. AIHA acquires collections, conducts research, produces publications, and offers a wide range of exhibitions, educational and public programs that appeal to diverse audiences ranging from pre-K to senior citizens.


Permanent Collection

AIHA's nationally recognized collections support the mission by documenting life and culture in the Upper Hudson Valley region from the late 17th century to the present. Balancing its dual history and art mission, AIHA seeks and acquires materials that document the diverse communities that have lived and worked in the region. Objects can be interpreted in a fine and decorative arts context and/or as social and historical documents. Curatorial and Library collections are complementary and give a composite picture of the region over time. There are currently over 30,000 objects in the curatorial collections including: paintings, drawings, prints, furniture, sculpture, silver, pewter, copper, ceramics, clothing and accessories, textiles and societal artifacts ranging from patent models to cast iron stoves.


Exhibitions

Continuing exhibitions, featuring objects from AIHA’s permanent collections, are THE LANDSCAPE THAT DEFINED AMERICA: The Hudson River School; TRADERS AND CULTURE: Colonial Albany and the Formation of American Identity; 19th CENTURY AMERICAN SCULPTURE: Erastus Dow Palmer, Launt Palmer, Charles Calverley; SENSE OF PLACE: 18th and 19th Century Paintings and Sculpture, the MUSEUM EXPLORERS GALLERY, a hands-on gallery for children and ANCIENT EGYPT featuring Albany’s own beloved mummies.


Previous Exhibitions

GE Presents Excavating Egypt: Great Discoveries from the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, University College London, January - June 2006; Frank Stella's Moby Dick: The Waves, September - December 2006; Rodin: A Magnificent Obsession, Sculpture from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, October - December 2005; The Metlife Foundation Presents The Lamps of Tiffany: Highlights from the Neustadt Collection, October 2003 - February 2004


Forthcoming exhibitions

Iroquois Games and Dances: Paintings by Tom Two Arrows, March 10 - December 2007; Full Steam Ahead: Robert Fulton’s Steamboats, March 25 - December 2007; Great Stuff from Museum Storage, September - December 2007; Fabrica: Fiber Constructs by Estelle Kessler Yarinsky, September - November 2007; The Art of Fred Marcellino: Illustrator and Writer, September - December 2007


Cost

Admission is free to members and children under 6, $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, and $4 children ages 6-12.


Opening hours

Wednesday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm; Sunday, Noon - 5:00 pm, Tuesay to Pre-Registered groups only


Getting there

From the north:
Take the Northway (I-87) to I-90 east (towards Boston). Follow I-90 east to I-787 and take I-787 south to the Empire Plaza exit 3A. Follow the ramp signs to the Empire State Plaza and proceed along the ramp that goes into a tunnel under the Plaza. Stay in the right lane. At exit of second small tunnel, take right onto Swan Street.

From the south:
Take the New York State Thruway to Exit 23. After the tollbooth, go straight ahead onto I-787 north to the Empire State Plaza exit 3. Follow the ramp signs to the Empire Plaza and proceed along the ramp that goes into a tunnel under the Plaza. Stay in the right lane. At exit of second small tunnel, take right onto Swan Street.

From the east:
Take the Berkshire spur of the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) into Albany. Take the first right after the bridge over the Hudson River, and follow the ramp signs to I-787 south (towards the Thruway). Exit at the Empire State Plaza exit 3A. Follow the ramp signs to the Empire Plaza and proceed along the ramp that goes into a tunnel under the Plaza. Stay in the right lane. At exit of second small tunnel, take right onto Swan Street.

From the west
Take the New York State Thruway to Exit 23. After the tollbooth, go straight ahead onto I-787 north to the Empire State Plaza exit 3. Follow the ramp signs to the Empire State Plaza and proceed along the ramp that goes into a tunnel under the Plaza. Stay in the right lane. At exit of second small tunnel, take right onto Swan Street.
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Facilities

The Albany Institute of History & Art is handicap accessible, including elevators and handicap restrooms, baby changing stations in male and female restrooms, a Museum Shop, a coat room and small lockers are available for storage.


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Membership

Annual Membership Benefits

Individual $40
1 Membership Card
Empire State Reciprocal Flyer
Behind the Scenes Tour Flyer
Volunteer Opportunity Flyer
Docent Flyer

Dual $60
2 Membership Cards
Empire State Reciprocal Flyer
Behind the Scenes Tour Flyer
Volunteer Opportunity Flyer
Docent Flyer

Family $70
2 Membership Cards
Empire State Reciprocal Flyer
Behind the Scenes Tour Flyer
Volunteer Opportunity Flyer
Docent Flyer

Supporter $125
2 Membership Cards
Empire State Reciprocal Flyer
Volunteer Opportunity Flyer
Docent Flyer
North American Reciprocal Flyer – gold sticker on back of cards
Behind the Scenes Tour Flyer
4 Free Passes

Sponsor $250
2 Membership Cards
Empire State Reciprocal Flyer
North American Reciprocal Flyer – gold sticker on back of cards
Behind the Scenes Tour Flyer
6 Free Passes

Sustainer $500
2 Membership Cards
Empire State Reciprocal Flyer
Volunteer Opportunity Flyer
Docent Flyer
North American Reciprocal Flyer – gold sticker on back of cards
Behind the Scenes Tour Flyer
Gift Membership Application
8 Free Passes


Patron of the Arts $1,000
2 Membership Cards
Empire State Reciprocal Flyer
Volunteer Opportunity Flyer
Docent Flyer
North American Reciprocal Flyer – gold sticker on back of cards
Behind the Scenes Tour Flyer
Gift Membership Application
10 Free Passes

Benefactor $2,500
2 Membership Cards
Empire State Reciprocal Flyer
Volunteer Opportunity Flyer
Docent Flyer
North American Reciprocal Flyer – gold sticker on back of cards
Behind the Scenes Tour Flyer
Gift Membership Application
10 Free Passes
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Sponsorship

Corporate Membership and Sponsorships are available