Quality Inn & Suites Albany Airport
611 Troy-Schenectady Rd.
Latham, NY 12110-2505
Phone: (518) 785-5891
Fax: (518) 785-5805
Arts & Museums
The Shaker Movement or more technically the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, was an offshoot branch of the Quakers and in this part of upstate NY, Watervliet (present-day Colonie) was called home. Today, the Shaker Heritage Society is a non-profit organization that aims to promote and preserve this very first Shaker settlement in the nation. The society holds different activities and events to educate people about the Shakers, their culture and other facts. Craft fairs, workshops, concerts, dramas and much more are organized throughout the year.
The Arts Center offers classes, performances & events, The Memoir Project, family Sundays, and a gallery.
A museum of Rensselaer County history with over 40,000 artifacts and related materials. They have a large research library with photographs, genealogical materials, church, business and civic organization records.
Features photography exhibits, programs, and workshops.
The main office building of Burden Iron Works, functions as a museum getting visitors acquainted with industrialization process that changed Troy in the 19th Century. The building, constructed in the 1880s, is a red brick structure with a prominent octagonal cupola perched atop it. The exhibits on display are artifacts that were once used in the manufacturing of iron. Visits to Burden Iron Works Museum are by appointment only, call ahead for further details.
Salvaged in 2005, by the New York State Museum and various other public and private sector societies and agencies, the Day Peckinpaugh is the only intact canal motor ship of New York. Originally, built as a cargo carrier in the year 1921, the Day Peckinpaugh is set to be moored at the Matton Shipyard. Also, the ship is added to the National Register of Historic Places.
The Urger is the epitome of the 'little tugboat that could.' Built in 1901, it has been pushing people and boats around the Midwest and Northeast waterways for over a hundred years. Moreover, it is definitely one of the oldest working vessels in the country today and it still charters people around the scenic towns along the Hudson River. The crew ferries people on the river during the Summer and Fall seasons only.
This museum strives to instill a sense of wonder and discovery in young minds, inspiring a lifelong exploration of science and technology. They offer hands-on exhibits for exploring, discovering and imagining the world of science and technology.
The Van Rensselaer family from the Netherlands had a long and varied history in the development of the Albany and its environs. This house was built in 1797 for Elizabeth Van Rensselaer on one of the many landed estates owned by her uncle. It was named Ten Broeck after Elizabeth's husband and it remained in this line until the Olcott family purchased it 50 years later. Over the next 100 years, generations of Olcotts stayed in the house until it was sold to the Albany County Historical Association in 1948. Since then it has functioned as a museum and historical repository that exhibits artifacts and furnishings from the last two centuries. Visitors can tour the home and gardens upon the hillside as well as embark upon a journey back to the Federal-Colonial era inside the estate. The mansion also holds events throughout the year like jazz music or live theater, and if you're interested into renting out the home, that is also available.
The Albany Institute of History & Art is dedicated to the preservation of the Upper Hudson River Valley's history. The variety of exhibits range from local craftsmanship to works from the influential Hudson River Valley School with founder Thomas Cole at the forefront. In addition to local oeuvres, impressionist art hangs besides contemporary, all enclosed within one of upstate New York's best museums. Of course like many museums, there are always changing exhibits, openings and shows, however most of the permanent collection presents work from the 17th-Century to present.
An official NASA 'Space Place', the Henry Hudson Planetarium at Quackenbush Square is located inside the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center. The center holds fun and informative astronomy programs aimed primarily at children, however the education is beneficial to all ages. The programs include a cosmology show and a star sighting above Albany; they are held every third Saturday of the month.
The Albany Art Room is a gallery dedicated to the work of artists in the community and entire Capital District. The mission of the art space is to promote visual arts for children as well as adults; some events and workshops include materials to use with the nominal fee. Courses include still-life instruction, painting with oils, drypoint, pottery and many others.