Discover Albany Visitors Center

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The Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center offers visitors access to information seven days a week. Our knowledgeable staff can answer visitor inquiries and we are well stocked with travel brochures about the capital region of New York State. We also offer an informative exhibit about the history of the city of Albany, we are home to the Henry Hudson Planetarium, and our gift shop is full of unique Albany items and locally made products.

An Important Message from Discover Albany Regarding Efforts to Address the Coronavirus (COVID-19):Discover Albany has co...
03/13/2020

An Important Message from Discover Albany Regarding Efforts to Address the Coronavirus (COVID-19):

Discover Albany has continued to closely monitor the latest developments regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our organization’s commitment to prioritizing the health and well-being of our clients, visitors and colleagues has led us to close our visitors center and offices at 25 Quackenbush Square to the public until further notice. Any meetings that were scheduled will either be rescheduled to a later date or held remotely. We will update our partners as the situation unfolds and decisions are made, and we will keep our website and social media channels updated as well.

We encourage you to monitor the recommendations of public health organizations such as the New York State Department of Health at https://www.health.ny.gov/ as well as the Albany County Department of Health at https://www.albanycounty.com/departments/health and our staff is there to assist during this challenging time.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at (518) 434-1217 or [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns.

Searching for reusable bags? Pick up a cute #DiscoverAlbany tote bag for $5 in our gift shop!
03/12/2020

Searching for reusable bags? Pick up a cute #DiscoverAlbany tote bag for $5 in our gift shop!

Visiting Albany? Stop by the #DiscoverAlbany Visitors Center Gift Shop for unique souvenirs including a selection of loc...
03/10/2020

Visiting Albany? Stop by the #DiscoverAlbany Visitors Center Gift Shop for unique souvenirs including a selection of locally designed and crafted products.

Hours of Operation:
Monday- Friday: 9am – 3pm
Saturday: 10am – 3pm
Sunday: 11am – 3pm (through March 29)

Please note: Effective April 1st, the Visitors Center will be closed on Sundays

Today is your FINAL CHANCE to watch a star show at the Henry Hudson Planetarium. ⭐️ Our final shows are at 11:00 AM and ...
02/20/2020

Today is your FINAL CHANCE to watch a star show at the Henry Hudson Planetarium. ⭐️ Our final shows are at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM as part of Stellar Send-Off: Winter Break at the Henry Hudson Planetarium. Will we see you there?

Experience the Henry Hudson Planetarium for the last time today and tomorrow! During Stellar Send-Off: Winter Break at t...
02/19/2020

Experience the Henry Hudson Planetarium for the last time today and tomorrow! During Stellar Send-Off: Winter Break at the Henry Hudson Planetarium we've got star shows at 11:00 AM (Zoo in the Sky) and 1:00 PM (Wonders of the Universe) on February 19 and 20.

Has the Henry Hudson Planetarium been on your Albany Bucket List? ⭐️ This week is your LAST CHANCE to catch a star show ...
02/17/2020

Has the Henry Hudson Planetarium been on your Albany Bucket List? ⭐️ This week is your LAST CHANCE to catch a star show before the planetarium closes. Make plans to swing by on February 18, 19 or 20 for Stellar Send-Off: Winter Break at the Henry Hudson Planetarium.

For more information on the closing of the Henry Hudson Planetarium, please visit: https://bit.ly/37W6rfe

TODAY IS THE DAY! Join us for a Stellar Send-Off at the Henry Hudson Planetarium! ⭐️ We've got star shows at 11:00 AM, 1...
02/15/2020

TODAY IS THE DAY! Join us for a Stellar Send-Off at the Henry Hudson Planetarium! ⭐️ We've got star shows at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM & 2:00 PM (Please note: The 2:00 PM show is sold out.) ✨ See you there!

The planetarium can accommodate 60 people maximum per show. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

TOMORROW join us for a Stellar Send-Off at the Henry Hudson Planetarium! ⭐️ Say farewell to the planetarium by attending...
02/14/2020

TOMORROW join us for a Stellar Send-Off at the Henry Hudson Planetarium! ⭐️ Say farewell to the planetarium by attending one of the star shows offered on Saturday, February 15. The planetarium can accommodate 60 people maximum per show. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. ✨

11:00 AM: "Children's Star Sighting" - $3 all seats
1:00 PM: "Albany Star Sighting" - $3 all seats

Please note: The 2:00 PM star show is SOLD OUT!

Saturday will be a Stellar Send-Off at the Henry Hudson Planetarium! ⭐️ Say farewell to the planetarium by attending one...
02/10/2020

Saturday will be a Stellar Send-Off at the Henry Hudson Planetarium! ⭐️ Say farewell to the planetarium by attending one of the star shows offered on Saturday, February 15. The planetarium can accommodate 60 people maximum per show. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. ✨

11:00 AM: "Children's Star Sighting" - $3 all seats
1:00 PM: "Albany Star Sighting" - $3 all seats

Please note: The 2:00 PM star show is SOLD OUT!

ONE WEEK from today head to the Henry Hudson Planetarium to say farewell with a stellar send off! ⭐️ There will  be star...
02/08/2020

ONE WEEK from today head to the Henry Hudson Planetarium to say farewell with a stellar send off! ⭐️ There will be star shows at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM & 2:00 PM (a special Valentine's Day show with tickets available in advance: https://bit.ly/2GWaJY2). It will be out-of-this-world day of fun celebrating the Henry Hudson Planetarium.

Say farewell to the Henry Hudson Planetarium with a Stellar Send-Off! ⭐️ There are a few chances left to star gaze befor...
02/06/2020

Say farewell to the Henry Hudson Planetarium with a Stellar Send-Off! ⭐️ There are a few chances left to star gaze before the planetarium is closed.

Saturday, 2/15: Stellar Send-Off: Saturday Star Shows (11:00AM & 1:00PM)
Saturday, 2/15: Stellar Send-Off: Love Among the Stars (2:00PM)
Tuesday, 2/18 - Thursday, 2/20: Stellar Send-Off: Winter Break at the Henry Hudson Planetarium (11:00AM & 1:00PM)

Say farewell to the Henry Hudson Planetarium with a "Stellar Send-Off" at the final star shows scheduled on February 15,...
02/04/2020

Say farewell to the Henry Hudson Planetarium with a "Stellar Send-Off" at the final star shows scheduled on February 15, 18, 19 and 20. For more information on the below message, please see the full press release: https://bit.ly/37W6rfe

Looking for something to do with your little ones over the long weekend? Bring them to the Henry Hudson Planetarium! We'...
01/17/2020

Looking for something to do with your little ones over the long weekend? Bring them to the Henry Hudson Planetarium! We've got Saturday Star Shows on January 18 and Star Shows on Martin Luther King Day on January 20.

Happy New Year's Eve! Thank you to all of the visitors who explored the exhibits and shopped in our gift shop this year!...
12/31/2019

Happy New Year's Eve! Thank you to all of the visitors who explored the exhibits and shopped in our gift shop this year! We appreciate all of your support!

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from all of us at the #DiscoverAlbany Visitors Center!
12/25/2019

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from all of us at the #DiscoverAlbany Visitors Center!

Searching for last minute holiday gifts? Stop by the Gift Shop at the #DiscoverAlbany Visitors Center!
12/19/2019

Searching for last minute holiday gifts? Stop by the Gift Shop at the #DiscoverAlbany Visitors Center!

Check out this array of festive goodies! The #DiscoverAlbany Visitors Center Gift Shop has reusable straws, treats from ...
12/12/2019

Check out this array of festive goodies! The #DiscoverAlbany Visitors Center Gift Shop has reusable straws, treats from Riverside Maple Farms, ornaments & more!

Sweeten up your holiday season with maple syrup & candies from Riverside Maple Farms available in the #DiscoverAlbany Vi...
12/10/2019

Sweeten up your holiday season with maple syrup & candies from Riverside Maple Farms available in the #DiscoverAlbany Visitors Center Gift Shop!

Do you have a mini history buff in the house? Pick up the Constitution of the United States or the Bill of Rights for a ...
12/05/2019

Do you have a mini history buff in the house? Pick up the Constitution of the United States or the Bill of Rights for a fun gift this holiday season.

To learn more about the #DiscoverAlbany Visitors Center Gift Shop: https://bit.ly/32OvbDA

It is cozy & festive inside the #DiscoverAlbany Visitors Center! 🎄 Swing by to pick up charming holiday gifts or to expl...
12/03/2019

It is cozy & festive inside the #DiscoverAlbany Visitors Center! 🎄 Swing by to pick up charming holiday gifts or to explore the Albany-themed exhibits.

Searching for a few stocking stuffers? Check out these Albany-themed bookmarks featuring Nipper and the NYS Capitol Buil...
12/03/2019

Searching for a few stocking stuffers? Check out these Albany-themed bookmarks featuring Nipper and the NYS Capitol Building.

To learn more about the #DiscoverAlbany Visitors Center Gift Shop: https://bit.ly/32OvbDA

12/02/2019

Due to weather ❄️ the #DiscoverAlbany Visitors Center will be closed Monday, December 2 and will reopen on Tuesday. Stay safe & warm!

Visiting downtown Albany this weekend? Swing by the #DiscoverAlbany Visitors Center​ Gift Shops for uniquely Albany gift...
11/29/2019

Visiting downtown Albany this weekend? Swing by the #DiscoverAlbany Visitors Center​ Gift Shops for uniquely Albany gifts!

Hours This Weekend: Friday, 9AM - 4PM; Saturday, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM; Sunday, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Preparing to send out holiday cards this year? Pick up a few Albany-themed ones for your friends and family who live far...
11/26/2019

Preparing to send out holiday cards this year? Pick up a few Albany-themed ones for your friends and family who live far from home.

To learn more about the #DiscoverAlbany Visitors Center Gift Shop: https://bit.ly/32OvbDA

'Tis the season! 🎄 Deck the halls with these unique, handmade ornaments.To learn more about the #DiscoverAlbany Visitors...
11/25/2019

'Tis the season! 🎄 Deck the halls with these unique, handmade ornaments.

To learn more about the #DiscoverAlbany Visitors Center Gift Shop: https://bit.ly/32OvbDA

Restock alert! The Gift Shop now has these fun Beaver tees in adult sizes and a new color. Children sizes are still avai...
11/21/2019

Restock alert! The Gift Shop now has these fun Beaver tees in adult sizes and a new color. Children sizes are still available as well! Pick one up as the perfect holiday gift for a special someone.

To learn more about the #DiscoverAlbany Visitors Center Gift Shop: https://bit.ly/32OvbDA

Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃
11/20/2019

Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃

Did you know that we sell Hedonic Tonic LLC in our gift shop? Pick a bottle (or two!) up for a gift this holiday season....
11/19/2019

Did you know that we sell Hedonic Tonic LLC in our gift shop? Pick a bottle (or two!) up for a gift this holiday season.

To learn more about the #DiscoverAlbany Visitors Center Gift Shop: https://bit.ly/32OvbDA

Searching for the perfect Albany gift? Gift an ornament with one of Albany famous landmarks, the NYS Capitol or Nipper! ...
11/15/2019

Searching for the perfect Albany gift? Gift an ornament with one of Albany famous landmarks, the NYS Capitol or Nipper!

To learn more about the #DiscoverAlbany Visitors Center Gift Shop: https://bit.ly/32OvbDA

Cheers! Looking for the perfect Albany souvenir? Check out this cool mug now on sale in our gift shop! To learn more abo...
11/12/2019

Cheers! Looking for the perfect Albany souvenir? Check out this cool mug now on sale in our gift shop!

To learn more about the #DiscoverAlbany Visitors Center Gift Shop: https://bit.ly/32OvbDA

Did you know that prior to being named Albany, the settlement was called Beverwyck ("beaver district") after the animal ...
11/08/2019

Did you know that prior to being named Albany, the settlement was called Beverwyck ("beaver district") after the animal that created a lucrative fur trade for the Dutch? Your little ones will love this unique tee designed and handmade in the Hudson Valley by "Doonyaya."

To learn more about the #DiscoverAlbany Visitors Center Gift Shop: https://bit.ly/32OvbDA

Minimize waste with these #DiscoverAlbany reusable straw sets for $4 each! Includes stainless steel straw, wire cleaning...
11/05/2019

Minimize waste with these #DiscoverAlbany reusable straw sets for $4 each! Includes stainless steel straw, wire cleaning brush and silicone straw tip.

To learn more about the Discover Albany Visitors Center Gift Shop: https://bit.ly/32OvbDA

Holiday shopping is just around the corner! Start early and explore the #DiscoverAlbany Visitors Center Gift Shop for gi...
11/01/2019

Holiday shopping is just around the corner! Start early and explore the #DiscoverAlbany Visitors Center Gift Shop for gifts with a touch of Albany flair. To learn more: https://bit.ly/2BJGwsI

We spy Karner Blue Butterflies & tulips! 🌷 Pick up a unique, one-of-a-kind Albany mug handcrafted by local artist Mary L...
10/29/2019

We spy Karner Blue Butterflies & tulips! 🌷 Pick up a unique, one-of-a-kind Albany mug handcrafted by local artist Mary LaFleur at the #DiscoverAlbany Visitors Center Gift Shop.

To learn more about the Gift Shop: https://bit.ly/32OvbDA

The #DiscoverAlbany Visitors Center gift shop is full of new unique Albany items! Swing by this weekend to check out the...
10/25/2019

The #DiscoverAlbany Visitors Center gift shop is full of new unique Albany items! Swing by this weekend to check out the new items (reusable straws, t-shirts, mugs and more!) and get a head start on holiday shopping. Open Saturday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM and Sunday from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

It is Columbus Day weekend! Did you know that it is also I LOVE NEW YORK's #PTHWeekend? The #DiscoverAlbany Visitors Cen...
10/11/2019

It is Columbus Day weekend! Did you know that it is also I LOVE NEW YORK's #PTHWeekend? The #DiscoverAlbany Visitors Center is participating with two tours this weekend! Saturday is the Albany Architecture tour and Sunday is the Eerie Albany Ghost Tour! Are you attending one?

Did you know that October 12-14 is I LOVE NEW YORK's Path Through History weekend? The #DiscoverAlbany Visitors Center h...
10/03/2019

Did you know that October 12-14 is I LOVE NEW YORK's Path Through History weekend? The #DiscoverAlbany Visitors Center has two #PTHWeekend events: Eerie Albany Ghost Tour and Albany Architecture.

Take a look inside the USS Albany submarine docked in Florida! Check out the "USS Albany Heritage Exhibit" at the #Disco...
09/27/2019
USS Albany Heritage Exhibit

Take a look inside the USS Albany submarine docked in Florida!

Check out the "USS Albany Heritage Exhibit" at the #DiscoverAlbany Visitors Center honoring all those who proudly served aboard ships named after the capital city of New York State: https://bit.ly/2LB7XuI

An exhibit dedicated to preserving the National Heritage of the City of Albany and to honor all those who proudly served aboard ships named after the capital city of New York State. Experience the rich history of the USS Albany ships starting in 1846 to the current day. Come to walk through history....

#DiscoverAlbany on a guided trolley tour on Friday, September 20! Board the Capital City Trolley, driven by Capital Dist...
09/11/2019
Take A One-Of-A-Kind Tour In New York With Historic Albany Trolley Tours

#DiscoverAlbany on a guided trolley tour on Friday, September 20! Board the Capital City Trolley, driven by Capital District Transportation Authority - CDTA, and embark on a guided exploration of historic Albany. Tickets are $20. Thanks for the feature Only In Your State!

It's time to discover this unique way of touring our state's capital!

Friday, September 6 is your last chance to experience The Album Experience at the Henry Hudson Planetarium at the #Disco...
09/04/2019
The Album Experience Preview – Pachelbel and Glass at Henry Hudson Planetarium (Free) September 6th | Nippertown

Friday, September 6 is your last chance to experience The Album Experience at the Henry Hudson Planetarium at the #DiscoverAlbany Visitors Center! Check out this article from Nippertown to learn more about this free, unique immersive listening experience.

This evening of listening is a new idea that immediately sticks out as a hidden gem. The point of the evening is to listen deeply to pieces familiar and new alike in the Henry Hudson Planetarium. The performances are coordinated by Nathaniel Reichman; producer, mastering engineer, mixer, editor, ...

#DiscoverAlbany on the #CapitalCityTrolley, driven by Capital District Transportation Authority - CDTA! The final Histor...
08/21/2019

#DiscoverAlbany on the #CapitalCityTrolley, driven by Capital District Transportation Authority - CDTA! The final Historic Albany Trolley Tours of the season is on Friday, September 20 at 11:00AM. Don't miss out! Purchase your $20 tickets today: https://bit.ly/2RMzb33

This week Albany is buzzing with excitement over the inaugural The Aurora Games! Stop by the #DiscoverAlbany Visitors Ce...
08/19/2019
Ultimate Guide for What To Do in Albany During the Aurora Games

This week Albany is buzzing with excitement over the inaugural The Aurora Games! Stop by the #DiscoverAlbany Visitors Center if you need recommendations on things to do during the day or check out this guide!

A blog post with the ultimate guide for what to do in Albany, NY during the Aurora Games.

Kick off your weekend early with the Historic Albany Trolley Tours! There are still a few spots left on tomorrow's tour,...
08/15/2019

Kick off your weekend early with the Historic Albany Trolley Tours! There are still a few spots left on tomorrow's tour, so purchase your tickets today: https://bit.ly/2K3BoER.

The Capital City Trolley is air-conditioned, so you'll stay cool and have a #TrolleyGoodTime while discovering Albany. Thank you to Capital District Transportation Authority - CDTA for making these tours possible!

Do you know Albany's official city tulip? Or how many steps are on the Capitol building? Learn the answer to these fun f...
08/08/2019

Do you know Albany's official city tulip? Or how many steps are on the Capitol building? Learn the answer to these fun facts (and more!) on the Historic Albany Trolley Tours. The #CapitalCityTrolley, driven by Capital District Transportation Authority - CDTA is air-conditioned, so you'll stay cool while discovering Albany!

The next tour is on Friday, August 16 at 11:00 AM. Purchase your $20 tickets today: https://bit.ly/2K3BoER

Address

25 Quackenbush Sq
Albany, NY
12207

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 15:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00
Thursday 09:00 - 16:00
Friday 09:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 15:00
Sunday 11:00 - 15:00

Telephone

(518) 434-0405

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Blue Tongue Lizzard " Terry, Tuaari and James will be playing at the Tavern this Sunday from 12.30 - 2.30pm. Come along and enjoy some great music from these talented artists, (Swamp Blues with a whole lot of soul). Open from 11am, with meals available.
"Terry MacKintosh " will be playing at the Tavern this Sunday from 12.30 - 2.30pm. Come along and enjoy Australia Day with some great music from this talented artist, (Blues, Country & Folk with a whole lot of soul). Open from 11am, with meals available.
The "HARMONIX" will be appearing at the Tavern this Sunday from 12.30 - 2.30pm. Come along be entertained by this talented expanded group as they combine a rich blend of harmonics with folk, pop and original songs from yesteryear and today. Open from 11am, with meals available.
"Old School Road", Kim and Terry will be playing at the Tavern this Sunday from 12.30 - 2.30pm. Come along and enjoy some great music from these talented musicians who play classic Rock and Blues with energy and volume, but leave room for the dynamics to be heard. Open from 11am, with meals available.
Terry MacKintosh " will be playing at the Tavern this Sunday from 12.30 - 2.30pm. Come along and enjoy some great music from this talented artist, (Blues, Country & Folk with a whole lot of soul). Open from 11am, with meals available.
"Wade Morrison " will be playing at the Tavern this Sunday from 12.30 - 2.30pm. Come along and enjoy some great music from this talented artist, (a little bit of everything, easy listening). Open from 11am, with meals available. 😀
"Adam Grok" will be playing at the Tavern this Sunday from 12.30 - 2.30pm. Come along and enjoy some great music from this talented musician. (Ambient Blues and Roots Acoustics) as well a guest appearance by "Satya Matteo" another talented artist Open from 11am, with meals available😀
"Shenanigans" will be appearing at the Tavern this Sunday from 12.30 - 2.30 pm. Mike and Madeline, are a fun, folk-tastic musical duo. With Mike on the accordion and guitar, and Madeline playing banjo-mandolin, folk whistles and lil’ bass its an entertaining adventure. Open from 11am with meal available. 😀
Appearing for the first time at the Tavern this Sunday is "Rob Howe" come along for a purely electric guitar afternoon of music. Listen to Rob play his favourite Shadow numbers along with other evergreens such as Clapton, Van Morrison, Booker T, Chisel, Paul Kelly, Credence and others Open from 11am, with meals available😀
"Satya Matteo" will be performing for the first time at the Elleker 😀Tavern this Sunday from 12.30 - 2.30pm. He is a traveling musician that has played on streets and stages in Australia, Europe, the USA and South East Asia. He plays a soulful and mellow but passionate blend of acoustic folk, rock, blues and soul". Open from 11am, with meals available.
Free concert by world class flutist Gary Schocker! Saturday October 5th!