© Albany Institute of History & Art (AIHA)
The Albany Institute of History & Art (AIHA) features a permanent collection of more than 20,000 objects, including 1600 paintings, 4000 prints, 1100 drawings, 1200 ceramics, 600 sculptures, 500 pieces of furniture, 4000 items of clothing and accessories, and more than 5,000 other historical artifacts. The Institute’s library houses vast collections that include over 140,000 printed volumes and 85,000 photographs. The AIHA also hosts several traveling and rotating exhibitions throughout the year to coincide with its permanent exhibits.
The Museum’s permanent exhibits are spread over two floors of the original 1920s Classical Revival building, and include ‘The Landscape That Defined America: The Hudson River School’ featuring renowned Hudson River School Gallery paintings by Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, and Asher B. Durand,
‘Sense of Place: 18th and 19th Century Paintings and Sculpture’ is set in the Lansing Gallery and features significant works by Ralph Earl, John Thomas Peele, Ezra Ames, and Walter Launt Palmer.
‘19th Century American Sculpture’ showcases 20 sculptures by Charles Calverley, Launt Thompson, and Erastus Dow Palmer, and ‘Ancient Egypt’ highlights items and objects from ancient Egypt including two mummies.
‘Traders and Culture: Colonial Albany and the Formation of American Identity’ is located in the Colonial Albany Gallery and features works from the 17th and 18th centuries, and the Entry Point Gallery is found at the entrance of the museum and houses samples of the institute's recent acquisitions.
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