Albany Museums and Galleries Tour, Albany

Albany Museums and Galleries Tour (Self Guided), Albany

Albany is a city with a variety of cultural places such as museums and galleries. Visits to some of the city's interesting places, like the New York State Museum and Albany Institute of History & Art, should be part of your travel plans. Take our tour to find the best places and learn more about Albany!
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Albany Museums and Galleries Tour Map

Guide Name: Albany Museums and Galleries Tour
Guide Location: USA » Albany (See other walking tours in Albany)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 Km or 3.4 Miles
Author: Maia
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Ten Broeck Mansion
  • Albany Center Gallery
  • New York State Capitol
  • Albany Institute of History & Art
  • New York State Museum
  • Historic Cherry Hill House
Ten Broeck Mansion

1) Ten Broeck Mansion (must see)

The Broeck Mansion was built in 1797 by Ten Broeck, a bright political figure in New York state. Originally built in the Federal-style, the mansion was called "Prospect". Thirty years later it was renovated in the Greek-revival style. When the mansion changed owners to the Olcott family, new features and annexes were added. Today the mansion reflects details of Greek Revival, Italianate, Second Empire and Victorian styles.

From 1848 to 1948, the house belonged to the latter family members, after that passing to the Albany County Historical Association along with all of the original belongings, furniture, memorabilia and various decoration, in order to preserve the living memory of the past. The mansion also has a magnificently kept garden. In the mansion is one of the oldest private wine cellars in the nation. Nowadays it is open as a historic house museum with decorations and furnishings from the mid 19th century.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Albany Center Gallery

2) Albany Center Gallery

Albany Center Gallery opened about 32 years ago. The main goal of the gallery is to present contemporary visual art by different local artists, who have true talent and taste. Gallery exhibitions are dedicated to such genres of art as painting, sculpture, photography, video and literature. Albany Center Gallery holds several programs a year, all of which are fun to visit. Usually different artists come and present their new works. The Gallery open from Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 PM.
New York State Capitol

3) New York State Capitol (must see)

Built between 1867 and 1899 at a cost of $25 million (worth approximately half a billion current dollars), The New York State Capitol was the most expensive government building of its time. Three teams of architects worked on the design of the Capitol during the 32 years of its construction. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971 and the following year it was declared a National Historic Landmark.

The Capitol is one of the most remarkable buildings in Albany, also housing the New York State Legislature. The Capitol is also famous for its very expensive interior decorations, most of which are open for the public. The Capitol has outstandingly attractive grounds. The ground floor of the state capitol was built in the Classical/Romanesque style and the next two floors in a Renaissance Classical style. The staircase, worth one million dollars, is the building's top attraction. Other pieces to note are the huge Senate Room, with beautiful woodwork and stained glass decorations, and a beautiful sculpture garden.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Albany Institute of History & Art

4) Albany Institute of History & Art (must see)

This museum was built in 1791 and it is "dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting and promoting interest in the history, art, and culture of Albany and the Upper Hudson Valley region". It houses a unique and enormous collection of art of more than 20,000 objects which belong to different genres like architecture, fashion, photography and many historical artifacts, and include 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. There are permanent exhibits like 19th Century American Sculpture, Ancient Egypt and many more. Moreover, it has a gift shop, where you can buy something special for your friends and family.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
New York State Museum

5) New York State Museum (must see)

The New York State Museum is a huge museum with a lot of educational information for you. It was established in 1836; the current modern building was raised in 1976.

The museum houses art, artifacts (prehistoric and historic), and ecofacts that reflect New York State’s cultural, natural, and geological development. Operated by the New York State Education Department's Office of Cultural Education, it is the nation's oldest and largest state museum. Formerly located in the State Education Building, the museum now occupies the first four floors of the Cultural Education Center. The collections of the New York State Museum include geological samples, paleontology specimens, historic materials, and art.

Their anthropological collections are extensive, and include the collections of several early and well-known anthropologists, including Lewis H. Morgan and Arthur C. Parker. These collections are open to researchers for analysis. The museum has not only unique collections of art works, historic artifacts, documents and constant exhibits, such as: Birds of New York or Ancient Life of New York - A Billion Years of Earth History, but also many different programs, such as a Cultural Resource Survey Program. This museum is a must-see stop.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Historic Cherry Hill House

6) Historic Cherry Hill House (must see)

The Historic Cherry Hill House was built in 1787 and designed in Georgian style. It is a timber frame structure dating to the late 18th century. In 1971 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, one of the first properties in the city to receive that designation. The House belonged to the Van Rensselaer-Rankin family, whose members were art collectors for 5 generations.

They now are sharing the family's treasures with the general public. The collections not only take you on a journey through America's past, but they also offer insight into its material culture, through personal belongings of the family. The collection contains antiques, textiles, photographs, letters, family heirlooms, period furniture, and many more items. There are around 20,000 objects and 30,000 manuscript documents, all related to the Van Rensselaer-Rankin family and their life, sharing with you three hundred years of American history.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.

Walking Tours in Albany, New York

Create Your Own Walk in Albany

Create Your Own Walk in Albany

Creating your own self-guided walk in Albany is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Albany Introduction Walking Tour

Albany Introduction Walking Tour

Albany is a small city, but with many notably beautiful and interesting places to discover. This tour you will guide you to the most famous places in Albany, where you can learn more about the United States' history, politics, economics, arts and culture.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 Km or 3.7 Miles