The Albany Institute of History & Art is New York’s Oldest Museum

With more than 35,000 objects and one million documents, the Institute’s museum and library holdings form the best collections in the United States documenting the life and culture of the Upper Hudson Valley region from the late seventeenth century to the present day.

The museum is best known for its Hudson River School paintings, nineteenth and twentieth century American sculpture, and eighteenth century Dutch American colonial collections. Visitors enjoy exhibitions that range from colonial history to contemporary art.

The Albany Institute of History & Art’s mission is to connect diverse audiences to the art, history, and culture of the upper Hudson Valley through its collections, exhibitions and programs.

Each year, the Albany Institute serves thousands of students with education programs, hosts numerous lectures and community events, welcomes researchers into the library and curates special exhibitions. The museum’s gift shop stocks items that reflect pieces from the museum’s collection or are made by local artists and craftspeople. The café offers seasonal flavors and renowned desserts.

To plan your visit, see pieces from our collection, learn about upcoming programs and events, and explore the region’s art and history, please go to our website