In the News: The Return of the Albany Museum of Art’s Permanent Collection

the return of the Albany Museum of Art's permanent collection

A few Albany art enthusiasts may have noticed the return of the Albany Museum of Art’s permanent collection showcasing a few pieces. However, it won’t be long before the full collection is on display once again!

Where’s it been?

Many of you may remember when the museum endured straight-line hurricane-force winds on January 2, 2017. Parts of the roof were ripped away. Offices, galleries and storage areas suffered water damage and more.

However, the museum staff worked quickly to get the art—both the permanent collection and what was on loan—to safety.

According to reports, much of the art went to the Conservation Center in Chicago for restoration and safe storage. The rest went to Atlanta’s High Museum of Art for safekeeping.

Meanwhile, the Albany Museum of Art got to work renovating—and in turn—improving the existing building on Meadowlark Drive.

The collection is back!

Five years in the making, after weathering the storm and the pandemic, the return of the Albany Museum of Art’s permanent collection is happening!

Soon, the more than 2,100-piece collection will be presented in a special showcase Friday, May 13th.

It includes one of the largest collections of traditional African art in the Southeast as well as a substantial collection of 19th and 20thcentury American and European art. More specifically, drawings, photographs, sculptures, paintings, watercolors and more make up the museum’s permanent collection.


Residents and visitors can roam the galleries and enjoy the return of the Albany Museum of Art’s permanent collection first-hand at 311 Meadowlark Drive next month.

Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Wondering how to keep up with the permanent collection’s showcase and other upcoming events and exhibits? Connect with the museum on Facebook and Instagram, for starters!


Did you know the museum is less than three miles from Summer Tree? That means it’s just about a five-minute drive from us.From cultural experiences to retail and dining, we’re near it all!Find out more about us and our community when you continue to read our blogs!

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