Albany Institute of History & Art
Albany Institute of History & Art is one of the oldest museums in the United States
Backstory and Context
The museum was established in New York City as the Society for the Promotion of Agriculture, Arts, and Manufactures. The organization moved to Albany when it became the state capital, and has worked to acquire regionally significant artifacts, documents, and works of art. The museum's permanent exhibit demonstrates the growth of New York and the nation by looking at Albany and surrounding communities in the 18th and 19th centuries.