Public Programs

The Albany Institute presents a broad range of public programs related to our collections, exhibitions, and special projects.

GALLERY TALK Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region

Friday, July 7 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Friday, August 4 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Friday, September 1 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Artists whose work was selected for the 2017 Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region will discuss their work.

July 7

Janet Cooper, Kerry Furlani, Tom Santelli, Laura Christensen, Jeanne Finley

August 4

Richard Garrison, Mame Kennedy, George Dirolf

September 1

Emily Dorr, Victoria Palermo, Barbara Todd, Paul Mauren, Jane Bloodgood-Abrams, Tana Kellner, Susan Berger

Spotlight: Albany & Anti-Suffrage

General: Thursday, September 7 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Thursday, September 14 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm

During the struggle for women’s suffrage in New York, many of Albany’s citizens fought against granting women the right to vote. This tour will highlight the stories of Albany’s role in the suffrage movement using objects on display in the exhibition.

Included with museum admission

GALLERY TALK The Hudson River School: Landscape Paintings from the Albany Institute

Thursday, September 7 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Join Chief Curator Doug McCombs for a special tour of our popular collection on landscape paintings, now on view in The Hudson River School: Landscape Paintings from the Albany Institute.

Free admission

Museum Day Live!

Saturday, September 23 • 10:00am - 5:00pm

Museum Day Live! is an annual nationwide event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors for free to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket.

Visit the event website for more information.

Voting 101: Everything We Forgot or Never Knew about Elections and Voting in New York State

Thursday, October 5 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Join Jennifer Wilson, Director of program and policy from the non-partisan League of Women Voters as she shares information about election and voter issues affecting Albany County and New York State.

Founded more than 80 years ago as part of the legacy of the woman's suffrage movement, the League of Women Voters mission is to encourage the active and informed participation of citizens in government.

This program will help you find answers to basic questions such as voter registration deadlines as well as give you resources to help find information about bigger issues such as the upcoming vote on the constitutional convention.  

Free Admission Day: Columbus Day

Monday, October 9 • 10:00am - 5:00pm

Enjoy free admission to the galleries courtesy of M&T Bank.

Gallery tour offered at 1PM.


Lego Building Challenge Fall 2017

Saturday, October 7 • 11:00am - 1:00pm Saturday, October 7 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Sunday, October 8 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm Monday, October 9 • 11:00am - 1:00pm Monday, October 9 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Lego® Building Challenge Columbus Day Weekend 2017 Theme: Nature

October 7-9

Building Session Dates and Times:

10/7 Saturday Morning Challenge Session 11:00 AM-1:00 PM 

10/7 Saturday Afternoon Challenge Session 2:00-4:00 PM

10/8 Sunday Afternoon Challenge Session 1:00-3:00 PM

10/9 Monday Morning Challenge Session 11:00 AM-1:00 PM 

10/9 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, please call during business hours to register.

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 Nature. What nature themed structures can you build?  Designs depicting flowers, trees, canyons, mountain ranges, and more are all welcome.  Let your imagination run wild, share your vision, and win awards along 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 Sarah Clowe at 518-463-4478- ext 435 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.


Art for All 2017-2018

The 2017-2018 season of Art for All will begin on October 14!

Bring your family to the museum and spend the day being creative!  Adults and children of all ages are welcome to join us in the Albany Institute art studio on Saturdays for drop in art making.  Activities are based off of our current exhibitions and include techniques involving painting, drawing, multi media work, collage and more!


Free with museum admission

READING & DISCUSSION SERIES Women’s Suffrage: A Documented History

General: Thursday, September 21 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm General: Thursday, September 28 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm General: Thursday, October 5 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm General: Thursday, October 12 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm General: Thursday, October 19 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm General: Thursday, October 26 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Join us for a reading and discussion series where participants will examine the history of women’s suffrage movement on the 100th anniversary of New York State's passage of women’s right to vote.

The discussion leader will be author and educator Giacomo Calabria. Calabria is the author of the 2014 thriller The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy and has been praised by the Times Union as "a confident and masterful storyteller."

We will read about the women’s suffrage movements in the United States and around the world from the American Revolution to the modern era, track changes within the movement, study important speeches, delight over misadventures and anecdotes, listen to recordings from the phonograph to the digital era, and ultimately transform the last 250 years of history into a lens for better appreciating and understanding the nation we live in today.

All required readings are available FREE online.

To register for the program contact Patrick Stenshorn, Education Coordinator at 518-464-4478 ext. 405 or

This program is made possible by a grant from Humanities New York 

Series Syllabus

Program texts

Week 1- Introduction:Revolution

Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams (March 31, 1776)

Declaration of the Rights of Woman, Olympe de Gouges (1791)


Week 2-The Watershed: Seneca Falls

Declaration of Sentiments (1848)

Discourse on Woman, Lucretia Mott (1850)


Week 3-Slavery, Suffrage, and Civil War

Speech at Pennsylvania Hall, Angelina Grimké Weld (1838)

A Petition for Universal Suffrage (1865)

Address to the First Annual Meeting of the American Equal Rights Association, Sojourner Truth (May 9, 1867)


Week 4-Trial

Remarks by Susan B. Anthony in the Circuit Court (June 1873)

Declaration of Rights of the Women of the United States (1876)


Week 5-World War

Freedom or death, Emmeline Pankhurst (1913)

Why Women Should Vote, Jane Addams (1915)


Week 6-Universal Rights

Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution (1920)

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)

FAMILY PROGRAM Mummy Birthday Party

Sunday, October 29 • 12:00pm - 4:30pm

Celebrate the 108th anniversary of the arrival of the Albany Institute's mummies!

Children are invited to bring a small doll or stuffed animal to learn about the mummification process by mummifying their toy.  Please note the plaster gauze mummification craft is permanent so bring a toy you would not mind being permanently mummified.  

  • Doll "mummification" from 12-4:30PM
  • Face Painting by artist Tina Rodriguez from 12:30-3PM
  • Ancient Egyptian themed creative movement with the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company at 1PM
  • Ancient Egyptian Tales with storyteller Nancy Payne at 3PM

Included with museum admission