Family Days

Don't miss these fun-filled family programs, which include lots of museum activities for participants of all ages—art workshops, performances, gallery activities, and more.

Junior Interpreter Informational Meeting

Saturday, September 15 • 11:00am - 12:00pm

Teens interested in the Junior Interpreter program can join us for an informal gathering to meet with staff, talk to current youth volunteers, and learn more about this opportunity.

Training classes will begin in October.

Family Fun Day at the Moo-seum

All: Saturday, September 22 • 10:00am - 4:30pm

Join us for a fun filled day all about animals! Special activities are planned throughout the day. Enjoy tales of birds and beasts in story time with the Albany Public Library and the Tulip Queen, have your face painted like your favorite animal, and sing-a-long to popular children’s songs with Andy “the Music Man” Morse. Art activities and a scavenger hunt will provide a fun way for the whole family to explore the exhibitions!

  • Included with museum admission

Schedule of Events:

10AM-4:30PM:  Animal Tracks (scavenger hunt)

10AM-4:30PM:  Art Making

10:30AM-11AM: Storytime with the Albany Public Library

11:30AM-12PM: Storytime with the Tulip Queen

11AM-2PM: Face Painting

1PM-2PM: Animals Sing-a-long with Andy “the Music Man” Morse

Museum Day

Saturday, September 22 • 10:00am - 5:00pm

Museum Day in an annual nationwide event hosted by Smithsonian Magazine in which participating museums across the country opent ehri doors for free to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The Museum Day downloaded ticket provides free admission for two.

Visit their website to download the ticket.

Lego Building Challenge Fall 2018

General: Sunday, October 7 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm General: Monday, October 8 • 11:00am - 1:00pm General: Monday, October 8 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Lego® Building Challenge Columbus Day Weekend 2018 Theme: Animals

October 7-8

Building Session Dates and Times:

10/7 Sunday Afternoon Challenge Session 1:00-3:00 PM

10/8 Monday Morning Challenge Session 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

10/8 Monday Afternoon Challenge Session 2:00-4:00 PM

Registration Fee: $5 per person (includes museum admission, registrations are non-refundable)

Online Registration is not available on the date of the event.  Walk in registration may be available; please call during business hours.

Team registration: each team may include one to four people.

Time: 1 ½ hours for construction, ½ hour for judging and awards

Size Limit: 10” x 10” base

Bring friends, family, and colleagues to work together to create beautiful LEGO® structures. This year’s theme is animals. Let your imagination run wild, share your vision, and win awards with teams from across the capital region. Basic building blocks will be supplied; however, contestants may also bring in their own.

Challenge Specifics:

  • Models must be built using only LEGO® bricks and elements. You may bring in your own pieces or we will provide you with basic bricks in a variety of sizes and a 10” x 10” base.
  • Entries must be original designs based on the theme. Commercially sold kits or published designs are not permitted.
  • Project entries must be completely assembled within the one and a half hour time limit. All assembly must be completed on site during the challenge; no pre-built parts will be permitted.
  • Your team may choose to practice building your model prior to the day of the building challenge.
  • Feel free to bring sketches, drawings, and photographs to use as reference.
  • Judging will occur during the assembly time as well as after final assembly. Participants will have the opportunity to describe their structure as part of the judging process.
  • During the competition, children under 12 must be supervised by the adults who brought them; they cannot be left alone.

Please note that space is limited, and pre-registration is required.

For more information contact Patrick Stenshorn at 518-463-4478- ext 405 or e-mail to

If using a mobile device to register please switch your viewing options to full desktop view in order to complete the registration.

Participation in the event assumes consent for photographs to be used for museum purposes unless participants otherwise notify The Albany Institute of History & Art.

LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO® Group of Companies which does not sponsor, authorize, or endorse this event.

FAMILY STORY TIME: Tales of Birds and Beasts

0-5: Saturday, September 8 • 10:30am - 11:00am 0-5: Saturday, September 22 • 10:30am - 11:00am 0-5: Saturday, October 13 • 10:30am - 11:00am 0-5: Saturday, October 27 • 10:30am - 11:00am 0-5: Saturday, November 10 • 10:30am - 11:00am 0-5: Saturday, December 1 • 10:30am - 11:00am

Join Albany Public Librarians for a special story time at the museum to tell tales of caterpillars, unicorns, polar bears and more! There will be stories, songs and rhymes for children ages 0 to 5 and their families.

Free, but registration is recommended.

To register, please email or call (518) 463-4478 ext. 404.

FAMILY PROGRAM Mummy Birthday Party

General: Sunday, October 28 • 12:00pm - 4:30pm

Come celebrate the 109th anniversary of the arrival of our mummies at the Albany Institute. Children are invited to bring in a small doll or stuffed animal and learn about the mummification process by mummifying their toy! Families will also enjoy an interactive dance performance with the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company and face painting.

Included with museum admission