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The Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center is an educational resource for student groups of all grade levels. Options include guided tours of historic downtown Albany, local history programs, and a wide variety of educational programs in the Henry Hudson Planetarium, an official NASA Space Place.

Scroll through the school program offerings below and contact us to book your program. See Group Reservation Information below for more information. School programs are subject to change without notice.

For a listing of educational program opportunities for school groups at Albany historical and cultural sites, click here.

Visitors Center Programs

School Programs Building 2

Early Life in Albany
Participatory program explores Henry Hudson's voyage, Native American and Dutch trade, colonial history and Albany's resulting development. Student re-enactment, audio-visual presentation, interactive History Game and archaeological artifacts from several local excavations are used as teaching tools. (Grades 2-12)

Community, Architecture & History
Albany's history and magnificent architecture come alive during a guided walk through the urban community of downtown Albany. Students will be tasked with planning, designing and building their very own community through the use of building blocks and other creative resources. (Grades Pre K - 12)

*The above programs are $3.50 per student. The minimum group fee is $70 

Henry Hudson Planetarium Programs

Twinkle Time
Young skywatchers discover twinkling stars, planets, constellation pictures and sky stories inside our planetarium dome. (Grades Pre K-2)

Little Star That Could
The story of one star's journey traveling the universe in search of planets. Each planet is introduced with basic information about our solar system. (Grades K-2)

Wonders of the Universe
Exploration of seasonal constellations, planets, galaxies, and other wonders of the universe. (Grades 2-12)

*The above programs are $3.50 per student. The minimum group fee is $70 

Double the Educational Experience

The following programs have been developed with partner museums for double the education. 

Hudson River Trading Game & Navigating the Seas
A 34-foot interactive Hudson River game board recreates the challenges of trading and sailing on the Hudson River during the late 1700's, illustrates how Hudson River trade was linked to global trade and includes a lesson in star navigation in the Henry Hudson Planetarium. Program takes place at the Visitors Center in partnership with Historic Cherry Hill. $5 per student/ minimum group fee is $100. (Grades 4-5)

School Program Dutch Apple

Double Dutch
An exploration of archaeological artifacts from Fort Orange, touchable objects, and life size representations of Native and Dutch people brings to life the story of early Dutch inhabitants of the upper Hudson Valley. This program takes place at Crailo State Historic Site. The Early Life in Albany program takes place at the Albany Visitors Center. $5 per student/ minimum group fee is $100.(Grades 3-12)

Ancient Egypt and Stars of the Pharaohs
View the Ancient Egypt Exhibit at the Albany Institute of History & Art to discover the culture and customs of daily life in ancient Egypt. The astronomy program, Stars of the Pharaohs, takes place at the Henry Hudson Planetarium. (Grades 3-12) Call for pricing

Voyage on the Hudson: An Adventure Inspired by Henry Hudson
This unique experience includes an introduction to Early Dutch Life in Albany at the Albany Visitors Center and an adventure on the Hudson River with Dutch Apple Cruises. Students will become a part of Henry Hudson's crew and will work together to complete Henry's harrowing journey. The river cruise will include a guided tour and hands on nautical themed learning stations related to the Half Moon's 1609 expedition. April - October. $10 per person/ minimum group fee is $500. (Grades K-12)

Follow the North Star & The Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence
At the Albany Visitor Center, students will learn the important role astronomy played in the Freedom Seekers' journey to freedom along the Underground Railroad. The song "Follow the Drinking Gourd" will be decoded and applied to the night sky. The story of Albany's role in the Abolitionist movement will come alive after a journey to The Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence, an important stop on the Underground Railroad. Students can experience the story of Albany abolitionists, through interactive, innovative activities, and learn the challenges that confronted these early civil rights activists. $7 per student. For every 10 students, one adult comes free. Additional adult admission is $10. (Grades 4-12)

Time to Trade! A 17th Century Land and Water Experience
Dates are limited to October 23rd - 29th
Learn how to become a 17th century sailor aboard The Onrust! The Onrust is an authentic working replica of merchant and captain Adriaen Block's ship, the first European vessel built in New York State in 1614. Students will experience hands on navigational activities and glean insight into the skills and seamanship merchant sailors needed to successfully navigate on an overseas exploration voyage. After disembarking the Onrust, students will visit Crailo, to learn the story of 17th century Dutch colonists and their Native American trade partners through representations of Native and Dutch people, a Dutch house room and kitchen cellar, interactive exhibits and archeological artifacts from Fort Orange and Schuyler Flatts. $9 per student includes programs at both The Onrust Project and Crailo State Historic Site. Please note that the Onrust program will be a dockside nautical experience. Time to Trade! does not include a visit to the Albany Visitor Center. Learn more about The Onrust Project at www.theonrust.com (Grades 4-7)

Group Reservation Information

Programs are available by appointment only. Call (518) 434-0405 or email accvb@albany.org. Programs address Common Core Learning Standards and include an interactive activity designed to reinforce topics explored during programs.

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