Museums of Albany, NY

Tour curated by: John Epp

Albany, NY is special in that as a city whose history dates back to the 17th century. With the amount of history that the city possess it is no surprise that numerous museums call it their home. From large institutions such as the New York State Museum, the Albany Institute of History, and the State Capital to smaller museums, for example the Ten Broeck Mansion and the Stephen and Harriet Myer’s Residence; Albany holds a large amount of public spaces that allow for everyone to learn the city’s history along with the state’s. This tour has no common theme among the museums. One is an art museum, another is the home of a former Revolutionary War General. My hope with this walking tour is to help further expose the public to the wonderful world of history. All too often I hear complaints that history is boring and that is just unfair. Take a walk along my route and you won’t be saying that at the end!

Locations for Tour

Situated along an otherwise quiet and empty street, 194 Livingston Avenue in Albany, NY stands out from among the many wooden constructions that were erected during the urban renewal project of the 1970s. Constructed completely of brick which shows…

Nestled on five beautiful acres of land in the heart of Albany's Arbor Hill neighborhood, the Ten Broeck Mansion is the current home of the Albany County Historical Association. Originally constructed in 1797-1798, the mansion was meant to be…

In the heart of downtown Albany lies one of the city's best-kept secrets: the Albany Institute of History & Art. Located only a few blocks from Empire State Plaza and New York State's governing body, the AIHA boasts an impressive array…

Often referred to as the most corrupt state government in the United States, the New York State governing body calls Albany its home. As one of the wealthiest states in the country, thanks in large part to New York City, a capital building embodying…

Museums offer a taste of history to everyone, no matter your palette. While many museums revolve around a central theme, the New York State Museum located in Albany, NY is dedicated to the history of the state itself. Situated in the beautiful…

Philip Pieterse Schuyler was one of the earliest householders in Albany when the lots were first apportioned beginning in 1650 (“Colonel Philip Pieterse Schuyler” 2016). Upon Schuyler's arrival in Albany he originally worked as a gunsmith…