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Arts & Museums
The Jerry Burrell Gallery of the Hamilton Hill Arts Center presents the multifaceted dimensions of African, African-American art. The Susan Cunningham Resource Library of the Hamilton Hill Arts Center is focused on the Arts and Culture of the African Diaspora. Hamilton Hill Arts Center organizes a variety of cultural programs based on cultures and arts of the African Diaspora for both adults and children.
Canajoharie Library and Art Gallery houses an internationally recognized art collection and a public library. Its permanent collection features over 350 American paintings and sculpture including 21 oils and watercolors by Winslow Homer. Some of the artists represented include Charles Loring Elliott, Childe Hassam, John LaFarge, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Newell Convers Wyeth.
This museum features furniture, toys and artifacts from the 19th and 18th centuries.
The Museum explores the area's rich technological heritage with interactive exhibits. The Museum's Planetarium features the GOTO Star Projector. Tours are available. Plus, the gift shop offers high-quality, unusual items and gifts including hard-to-find science educational toys.
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.
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.
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.
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.