School bus at the group entrance to the museum
Education :: Prepare for Your Visit

Museum Information


MUSEUM HOURS: Tuesday - Sunday, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
GUIDED TOUR HOURS: Tuesday - Friday, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM (start times)
Closed Sundays; Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day
  • Self-guided groups may begin their visits at 9:30 AM.
  • Instructor-guided groups may begin their programs at 10:00 AM.
  • Only registered groups will receive instructor guided programs.
  • Groups should plan to be in the museum fifteen minutes before their instructor guided program begins.

Location

Cultural Education Center (Photo by Nicholas Lue) The New York State Museum is housed in the Cultural Education Center in Albany, New York. The Cultural Education Center (CEC) is at the south end of the Empire State Plaza, across Madison Avenue (Route 20) from the Plaza (at the opposite end from the Capitol).

222 Madison Avenue Albany, NY 12230
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Group Entrance

The Group Entrance to the New York State Museum is at the rear of the Museum on Park Avenue between South Swan and Eagle Streets, directly across from Lincoln Park. All School bus and/or group carpool loading/unloading takes place through the group entrance.
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Parking: Buses (School Buses and/or Coaches)

bus After dropping groups off at the Museum's Group Entrance on Park Avenue, buses are required to park at a free, off-site lot. Please review the off-site directions and map prior to your departure.
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Free Shuttle Service from the off-site lot to the State Museum/Empire State Plaza is available through the Office of General Services (OGS). For Bus Drivers and/or staff who wish to join their group at the Museum after parking, please review the shuttle schedule and be sure to return to your vehicle with enough time to promptly pick up students from the Group Entrance at the conclusion of their visit.
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(Mid-day departures are listed at the bottom of page 2)

Parking: General Public (includes groups arriving with cars or vans)

Parking for the general public is available in the two lots adjacent to the Museum, both located off of Madison Avenue. Prior to 10:00 a.m., the parking fee is $10. After 10:00 a.m., the parking fee is $5. Parking is free after 2:00 p.m. A visitor lot is available in the Empire State Plaza.

parking maps For additional parking information and maps, visit:
http://ogs.ny.gov/BU/BA/Parking/Visitor/Docs/ParkingMap_NWE.pdf

Directions to the Group Entrance

From the East:
Take I-90 West to I-787 South to exit 3B to US 20 West. Continue on US 20 West (Madison Avenue) for .7 miles. Turn LEFT off of Rt. 20 onto Eagle Street and then RIGHT onto Park Avenue. Take the first RIGHT onto the Group Entrance Ramp at the rear of the Cultural Education Center.

From the South:
Take Thruway Exit 23 to I-787 North to Exit 4 to US 20 West. Continue on US 20 West (Madison Avenue) for .7 miles. Turn LEFT off of Rt. 20 onto Eagle Street and then RIGHT onto Park Avenue. Take the first RIGHT onto the Group Entrance Ramp at the rear of the Cultural Education Center.

From the West:
Take Thruway Exit 24 to I-90 East to I-787 South to exit 3B to US 20 West. Continue on US 20 West (Madison Avenue) for .7 miles. Turn LEFT off of Rt. 20 onto Eagle Street and then RIGHT onto Park Avenue. Take the first RIGHT onto the Group Entrance Ramp at the rear of the Cultural Education Center.

From the North:
Take the Northway (I-87) or Route 9 to I-90 East to I-787 South to exit 3B to US 20 West. Continue on US 20 West (Madison Avenue) for .7 miles. Turn LEFT off of Rt. 20 onto Eagle Street and then RIGHT onto Park Avenue. Take the first RIGHT onto the Group Entrance Ramp at the rear of the Cultural Education Center.

Alternate Approach from I-787:
Follow Empire State Plaza signs, proceed straight under the Plaza, then bear left to loop back under the Plaza. Take the P1 exit and go through the arch to Madison Avenue. Although the Museum will be on your right, turn LEFT onto Madison Avenue and take the next immediate RIGHT onto Eagle Street. Take the first RIGHT onto Park Avenue and the next immediate RIGHT onto the Group Entrance Ramp at the rear of the Cultural Education Center.

 

Museum Open Tuesday - Sunday: 9:30 am to 5 pm | Carousel Hours: 10 am to 4:30 pm
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