Our hometown offers a place for residents and out-of-town travelers alike to view amazing art pieces. We’re talking about The Albany Museum of Art. This incredible nonprofit museum gives us all access to an array of impressive works. Never been? A trip may be in your future!
What is the Albany Museum of Art?
The Albany Museum of Art first arrived on the scene in 1964. However, it was located somewhere a bit different: a hosiery mill! Next, in 1969, it transferred to a park—but that wasn’t the last time it moved! The location that we all know now—its building close to the West Campus of Albany State University—became its current home back around 1983.
Though a 2017 storm caused a bit of damage, the Museum underwent repairs and a subsequent reopening later that year. It’s probable that another change in venue may be in its future, potentially to a proposed spot in Downtown Albany.
It has operated as a nonprofit since its first year of business, relying on donations and campaigns from our community (and you can always send in a donation yourself online here). Inside, you can find permanent galleries, as well as revolving exhibits. That means visitors can look forward to seeing something new each time they come over to the Museum.
What are some of the artworks I can find there?
You can find beautiful works in the Albany Museum of Art. Known for hosting creations by American, African, and European artists, the museum is home to pieces like:
- Projects by creators from the region and the country, which can be found in The East Gallery and The West Gallery;
- An interactive area, which allows kids to touch and explore, in The AMAzing Spaces Gallery;
- Gold weights;
- Paintings made by famous artist Mose Toliver;
- Screen prints made by pop artist Andy Warhol;
- Sculptures; and
- Much more.
We’re happy to say that everyone can visit The Albany Museum of Art for free. It’s also about to reopen again! If you’re a member, you can attend starting July 9, while non-members are welcome to come in starting July 17. Please, remember to follow the rules of social distancing. We advise having some hand sanitizer with you, as well as refraining from touching anything. Additionally, you should follow all mask ordinances and wear a facial covering to be safe.
You can find The Albany Museum of Art at 311 Meadowlark Drive. Its hours run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday to Friday, and 12 to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Art connects us to our community, past and present. The Albany Museum of Art is free to visit—and it’s opening its doors very soon. For all those thinking of going, we hope you enjoy your visit!
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