About the ACHA

The Albany County Historical Association was founded in 1942. We are a private, 501c3 not-for-profit educational museum. The ACHA has a permanent educational charter from the State of New York granted in 1948.

Our mission is to preserve, present, promote and interpret the stories of the rich and diverse history and culture of Albany County.

To fulfill its mission, the ACHA preserves the historic 1798 Ten Broeck Mansion, its gardens, and has exhibit, gallery and educational space at King’s Place on a four-acre campus. As a historic house museum, it is unique in having a greenspace and numerous cultural events in an accessible urban environment.  The ACHA is committed to educational and cultural outreach. It accomplishes this through exhibits, lectures, concerts, tours, and other educational activities. These include Living History Days, a summer Archaeology Camp for children, on-going Art meets History family workshops, lectures, and senior outreach.  Performances, theater, concerts, and other cultural offerings provide further enrichment for our community and region.

ACHA is a vital anchor to the Arbor Hill community, and actively partners with other historical and cultural institutions to promote Albany County’s rich and diverse history and culture and is committed to diverse, engaging, and educational cultural offerings to interpret its historic site, grounds, and collections in an inclusive, dynamic, and engaging way.

The ACHA participates in the following professional organizations to promote best practices for its museum operations and fulfillment of its educational mission:

  • American Alliance of Museums (AAM)
  • Capital District Library Council (CDLC)
  • Museum Association of New York (MANY)
  • New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON)