Satisfy Wanderlust with a Trip to the Albany Institute’s Palmer Exhibit


Can’t travel this summer, but seeking some beautiful vistas to soothe your soul? The Albany Institute of Art and History, one of the oldest art museums in NYS, has you covered. On June 22nd, the museum opened an exhibit of Albany artist Walter Launt Palmer (1854-1932).

San Giorgio at Moonlight (1903) by Walter Launt Palmer (1854-1932)

The son of Albany sculptor Erastus Dow Palmer, Walter Palmer worked on canvas with oils, watercolors, and sketches in pencil to capture light on landscapes. An impressionistic artist who was well traveled, Palmer’s landscapes will spirit you away to Europe, with a special focus on France and Italy.

The museum holds the largest collection of Palmer paintings, journals, and notes, so come prepared to see an overview of his life and art.  Palmer was born and died in Albany, and gives you a rare glimpse into the past through his vision. The exhibit has pieces from all three major periods of his work, including his work on textiles, his focus on winter, and the European travel.

Plan to spend a few hours in the air-conditioned and open Albany Museum on Washington Avenue. After the Palmer exhibit, time spent in the Egyptian section is often a favorite for those with a soul seeking wanderlust who may be stuck at a desk most of the summer.

And if you are on a budget, it’s important to note that admission is free Thursday nights from 5 pm – 8 pm through July 31st.  The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays, but open Wednesday 10 am – 5 pm, Thursday 10 am – 8 pm, Friday 10 am – 5 pm, Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, and Sundays from noon – 5. Admission is $10 for adults, but many specials apply, including discounts for seniors, AAA, and other deals.

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