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Arts & Museums
The Shaker Movement or more technically the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, was an offshoot branch of the Quakers and in this part of upstate NY, Watervliet (present-day Colonie) was called home. Today, the Shaker Heritage Society is a non-profit organization that aims to promote and preserve this very first Shaker settlement in the nation. The society holds different activities and events to educate people about the Shakers, their culture and other facts. Craft fairs, workshops, concerts, dramas and much more are organized throughout the year.
The Albany Art Room is a gallery dedicated to the work of artists in the community and entire Capital District. The mission of the art space is to promote visual arts for children as well as adults; some events and workshops include materials to use with the nominal fee. Courses include still-life instruction, painting with oils, drypoint, pottery and many others.
The Albany Institute of History & Art is dedicated to the preservation of the Upper Hudson River Valley's history. The variety of exhibits range from local craftsmanship to works from the influential Hudson River Valley School with founder Thomas Cole at the forefront. In addition to local oeuvres, impressionist art hangs besides contemporary, all enclosed within one of upstate New York's best museums. Of course like many museums, there are always changing exhibits, openings and shows, however most of the permanent collection presents work from the 17th-Century to present.
The Van Rensselaer family from the Netherlands had a long and varied history in the development of the Albany and its environs. This house was built in 1797 for Elizabeth Van Rensselaer on one of the many landed estates owned by her uncle. It was named Ten Broeck after Elizabeth's husband and it remained in this line until the Olcott family purchased it 50 years later. Over the next 100 years, generations of Olcotts stayed in the house until it was sold to the Albany County Historical Association in 1948. Since then it has functioned as a museum and historical repository that exhibits artifacts and furnishings from the last two centuries. Visitors can tour the home and gardens upon the hillside as well as embark upon a journey back to the Federal-Colonial era inside the estate. The mansion also holds events throughout the year like jazz music or live theater, and if you're interested into renting out the home, that is also available.
Operated by the New Netherland Museum, the Half Moon is a reproduction of the 85-foot ship that Henry Hudson sailed from Holland to the New World in 1609. This living history museum sometimes docks and offers tours in Albany.
The Empire State Plaza Art Collection is a great modern art collection that isn't located in a fancy gallery or museum. In fact, the 92 artworks are located in the underground concourse and they line the main pathway which connects various government buildings in this 98-acre public space. Some of the artists included are Paul Jerkins, Robert Motherwell, Adolph Gottlieb and Alexander Calder. Thanks to Governor Nelson Rockefeller's interest in patronizing the arts, this impressive public art collection was made possible.
This museum is dedicated to history of this great Northeastern state through a wide variety of collections and exhibits that showcase it's cultural and natural history. The building is a marvel itself, finished in 1976, this futuristic, 11-story building contains information about almost every nook and cranny in the Empire State. Some of the highlights include the Herschell-Spillman Carousel, the Great Art Series and the Native Peoples of New York Hall. In addition to great exhibits, the museum also provides educational events and activities for school-aged children throughout the year.
An official NASA 'Space Place', the Henry Hudson Planetarium at Quackenbush Square is located inside the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center. The center holds fun and informative astronomy programs aimed primarily at children, however the education is beneficial to all ages. The programs include a cosmology show and a star sighting above Albany; they are held every third Saturday of the month.
The Albany Center Gallery showcases the work of local artists in the Mohawk Hudson Region, an area that encompasses a large radius in the greater Capital District. The gallery displays artists' work in a large area and it uses this space well when it acts as a local farmers' market for area artists to sell their wares. For almost four decades, the exhibits have included mixed-media, photography, paintings, sculpture and video. and today it continues to be a local institution of Art in Albany.
This museum and cultural repository for all things Irish highlights the heritage and culture of this great nation and people. Some of the exhibits include art, documents, artifacts and genealogy records to peruse. The Paul O'Dwyer Library has hundreds of books that expound Irish history alongside his own works and documents. The museum also holds events, workshops, lectures and other functions throughout the year.
The USS Slater is a World War II destroyer that is comfortably docked on the Hudson River. The USS Slater was used during World War II to battle Nazi U-Boats in the North Atlantic. The USS Slater is the only one of these destroyer escorts still afloat in the USA, after an extensive 15 year restoration. Visitors can explore where the sailors lived and check out every corner of this ship with one of the amazingly informative guided tours.
The main office building of Burden Iron Works, functions as a museum getting visitors acquainted with industrialization process that changed Troy in the 19th Century. The building, constructed in the 1880s, is a red brick structure with a prominent octagonal cupola perched atop it. The exhibits on display are artifacts that were once used in the manufacturing of iron. Visits to Burden Iron Works Museum are by appointment only, call ahead for further details.