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Albany Institute of History & Art

Cultural Museums and Collections

The Albany Institute of History & Art comprises three connected buildings: the original structure (housing museum exhibits), the Rice Building (housing the gift shop and meeting rooms), and a glass connecting structure (where visitors enter and pay admission). In 2001, the institute completed an extensive renovation in which the entrance building was constructed and new climate-controlled storage space for the collections was built.


The Albany Institute of History & Art (AIHA) is a museum in Albany, New York "dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting and promoting interest in the history, art, and culture of Albany and the Upper Hudson Valley region". Founded in 1791, it is among the oldest museums in the United States. AIHA has over 20,000 objects in its permanent collections, including 1600 paintings, 1100 drawings, 4000 prints, 600 sculptures, 500 pieces of furniture, 1200 ceramics, 4000 pieces of clothing and accessories, and 5450 other historical artifacts. Its library collections house 140,000 printed volumes and 85,000 photographs. To supplement its permanent exhibits, the institute hosts a number of traveling exhibitions yearly.

Don't Miss This When Visiting

Through four centuries, the Albany Institute’s renowned collections and exhibitions have comprised the definitive expression of the cultural, historical, and artistic heritage of this historic region. From its world-renowned [Hudson River School]( aiha website/5-Collections/Hudson River School/Hudson River School.main.htm) collection, to the famous [Albany Mummies]( aiha website/4-exhibitions/perm.ancient egypt/egypt.about the aiha mummies.htm), to the wide range of performances, lectures, and festivals, to its outstanding educational and family programming, each year this dynamic and engaging institution provides tens of thousands of visitors of all ages and interests with a splendid museum experience.

Identify And Describe The Management Organization

The Albany Institute is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting and promoting interest in the history, art, and culture of Albany and the Upper Hudson Valley. The museum achieves this mission through its collections, exhibitions, education programs, library, research projects, publications, and other programs offered to the general public.

One of America’s oldest museums, the Albany Institute of History & Art was founded in 1791, during the presidency of George Washington, making it older than the Louvre, the Smithsonian, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

New York State Museum Albany, NY

The Hyde Collection Glens Falls, NY

Suggested Further Reading

Albany Institute of History & Art: 200 Years of Collecting


Season And Hours Open

Wednesday–Saturday: 10:00 am–5:00 pm; Sunday: Noon–5:00 pm; open Tuesdays for groups only