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Frequently Asked Questions

Collection

 
How do I get information about works of art in the Gallery’s Collection?

The Gallery’s website provides images, as well as exhibition histories and publication listings, for most artworks in the Collection. Please use the following tools to learn more about our Collection.
Browse the Fine Art Collection
Search the Fine Art Collection
Search the Library Collection
Browse the Archives Collection

Can I see a work of art that is not currently on view?

Please note that for security reasons, access to artworks is determined on a case-by-case basis and granted for research and scholarly purposes only. If you are planning on making a visit to the Gallery to view a particular work of art that is not on display, please call 716.270.8270.

How do I get permission to reproduce images from the Gallery’s Collection?

Permission for such use is granted at the sole discretion of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery though its contracted distributors. For full details, please visit the Rights & Reproductions section.

Can I visit the Prints and Drawings Study Center?

The F. Paul Norton and Frederic P. Norton Family Prints and Drawings Study Center is available to scholars and school groups of fewer than fifteen people, by appointment, most Wednesdays, between 2 and 5 pm. Our Resident Print Expert is also available at this time. Learn More

To request an appointment, please contact Senior Registrar for the Collection Laura Fleischmann at 716.270.8279, or lfleischmann@albrightknox.org.

Museum Guidelines

 
Is photography permitted in the Gallery?

Our photography policy varies within the Gallery. Please view our policy on taking photographs at the Gallery.

Are wedding photos allowed in or outside of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery?

Please view our policy on taking photographs at the Gallery.

Can I sketch or write in the Gallery?

Yes, but with pencil only. The use of pens is not permitted in the Gallery. Pencils are available at the Admissions Desk and Guest Services Station for your convenience.

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Programs, Events, and Tours

 
What is M&T FIRST FRIDAYS @ THE GALLERY?

M&T FIRST FRIDAYS @ THE GALLERY is a program, sponsored by M&T Bank, that takes place on the first Friday of every month, from 10 am to 10 pm. Admission to the Gallery's 1962 Knox Building and select events are free for everyone. Art classes and certain tours are available to non-members for a fee. Special exhibitions in the 1905 Albright Building are available to non-members with Gallery admission. Everything is free for Gallery Members, except for service in AK Café. Visit www.mandtfirstfridays.org for more information, and for a full schedule of M&T FIRST FRIDAYS programs and events. Please note that on the other Fridays of the month, the Gallery closes at 5 pm.

Does the Gallery offer any activities for children?

The Gallery’s Education department offers many programs and services for children. Visit the Programs & Events section for a complete list of programs and events for children and families.

What kinds of tours are offered at the Gallery?

The Gallery offers public tours and school tours of our Collection and exhibitions. We also offer an audio wand service, which features special audio for adults and children about many specific works of art.

The audio wand service is free with Gallery admission and offers another layer of information for Gallery visitors. Throughout the Gallery you will encounter many works of art whose labels indicate an audio stop. Three-digit numbers access adult and youth entries. Two-digit numbers access audio description tours for guests who are visually impaired.

Accessibility

 
Is the Gallery accessible to those with special needs?

The Gallery is committed to making its world-renowned collections accessible to all its guests. Learn more about Accessibility at the Gallery. Learn more about our Access AK programs and services for those with special needs.

Private Events

 
Can I hold an event at the Gallery?

Yes, AK Café and the Gallery’s Auditorium are unique settings for formal corporate events and informal breakfast gatherings. To learn more, please visit our Facility Rentals page. To inquire about holding a private event at the Gallery, please contact Olivia Cammisa-Frost at 716.270.8204, or ocammisa-frost@albrightknox.org.

Does the Gallery offer birthday parties for children?

The Gallery does not have a program for birthday parties. When you visit the Gallery with your children for a special occasion, we suggest that you use our audio wand service, which features special audio for adults and children about many specific works of art. For groups of fifteen or more, reserve a docent tour by calling 716.270.8226. You can also make a reservation at AK Café by calling 716.270.8223.

As a special treat for the birthday child and his/her guest, think about An Adventure in Looking and Listening, a children’s book and CD tour of the museum, which is available for purchase at Shop AK.

Can I have a wedding reception at the Gallery?

The Gallery does not allow wedding receptions. To learn more about rental opportunities at the Gallery, please visit our Facility Rentals page.

You are welcome to take photographs outside on the Gallery grounds. Please view our policy on taking photographs at the Gallery.

Membership

 
How do I become a Member of the Gallery?

Members of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery enjoy privileged access to a premier cultural gathering place. Visit our Join & Support section to view a complete list of Member benefits, and to find out more about how to become a Member.

Is my membership at another gallery or museum reciprocal with the Albright-Knox?

Reciprocal Members from participating institutions who present a membership card validated with North American Reciprocal (gold sticker or mark), Modern and Contemporary (silver sticker or mark), Art Museum Reciprocal (yellow dot), Museum Alliance Reciprocal (MARP sticker or mark), and Empire State Museum Reciprocal Program (ESMRP sticker or mark) are entitled to reciprocal admission at the Albright-Knox. Some restrictions may apply.

Parking and Facilities

 
Is there parking at the Gallery?

Yes, parking is available at the Gallery for the following rates:

Guests $5
Members $3
Non-guests $8
Parking is $3 on M&T FIRST FRIDAYS—the first Friday of every month—from 10 am to 10 pm.

When entering the parking lot, Members and guests are required to take a parking ticket. Please bring your parking ticket into the Gallery to have it validated at the Admissions Desk. Parking fees directly support the Gallery.

Is there a restaurant at the Gallery?

AK Café offers casual dining overlooking the Gallery’s Sculpture Garden. Visit the AK Café section to view menus and learn more about the restaurant. To make a reservation, which is highly recommended, please call 716.270.8223.

Who do I contact to purchase a Gallery publication?

Publications are available through Shop AK.

Jobs, Internships, and Volunteering

 
I would like to work at the Gallery. Who do I talk to?

Learn More about Employment Opportunities
Learn More about Internship Opportunities
Learn More about Volunteer Opportunities

Other

 
Can the Gallery give monetary appraisals for works of art?

No, we are not able to give monetary evaluations. Please call the American Society of Appraisers at 1.800.272.8258.