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Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza

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Address: 279 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12242-0001
Phone Number: +1 518-474-2418
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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In June 1965, the cornerstone was laid for what would become The Governor...

In June 1965, the cornerstone was laid for what would become The Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza. Marketed at the time as a "Design for the Future," the Plaza exists today as an icon of 20th century Modernist architecture. The Empire State Plaza features 10 state government buildings set on a six-story platform connected by a quarter mile long underground concourse. The Empire State Plaza is complete with historical attractions, walking tours, modern paintings and sculptures, memorials and remembrances, a performing arts center, 42 story observation deck, ice skating rink during the winter and plenty of music and other entertainment in the summer and fall.

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Rockefeller art collection

The Rockefeller art collection belongs to the citizens of the state of New York. This is a stunning collection of about 80 pieces of mid-20th century modernist art. The artworks... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Clifton Park, New York, United States
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Clifton Park, New York, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Rockefeller art collection belongs to the citizens of the state of New York. This is a stunning collection of about 80 pieces of mid-20th century modernist art. The artworks can be seen in the concourse (below ground), the plaza level, and in the State Museum. Some information on the artwork can be found at the gift shops and museum's... More 

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Main Beach, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016 via mobile

What a statement, this large Plaza is a testament to the city, like a modern day Roman statement of powers and influence. Love photographing the towers and The Egg

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

We visited this area and travelled to the 42nd floor to enjoy the views of Albany and surrounding areas. An added bonus is that admission to the Tower is free.

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Lake George, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

We went to the South Mall for the playground for toddlers, tucked behind Agency 1 Building--still a great protected spot for little ones. I had forgotten the wonderful Calder sculptures and the great art work that Rocky had commissioned for the South Mall. Worth the walk, though once we got underground there were no signs telling us how to exit.

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Albany NY
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

I work here, so admittedly I may be biased. I frequently take for granted the beauty of the spaces until I see foreign tourists spend hours photographing the buildings, fountains and vistas. Nelson Rockefeller's vision is truly his greatest legacy.

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York, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

Worth checking out, especially on a weekend when no one is around. If your into modern brutalist architecture this is your place. Nice mix of gothic buildings in town also.

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Albany, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016

In the late sixties, I lived across the street from the Empire State Plaza (then referred to as the South Mall) when they were building it; the pile drivers operated around the clock. When it was finished a couple of years later, I regarded it as a fine example of neo-Nazi architecture: sterile, imposing and unfriendly. Either it's mellowed or... More 

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Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016 via mobile

I stumbled upon the Plaza on a chance trip to the New York State Museum across the street. While it is mostly useful for walking around or just enjoying the view, the arcitecture is stunning and modern, and this is where some of the New York State government offices are housed. I did not get a chance to visit the... More 

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Manassas, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

This is a beautiful plaza, especially to walk around at night for a peaceful walk. The "Egg" is very unique building as well as the other surrounding buildings.

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

Nice combination of old and new architecture. Several interesting sculptures as well--particularly the Egg. Visit during the warmer weather when the potted flowers are blooming.

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