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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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6:00 am - 11:00 pm
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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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Interesting to walk around

Beautiful and clean. We were passing through to get to the museum at the other end. We enjoyed looking at the Egg and all the architecture in the area. We were there on a Friday... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
taleoftwokitties
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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21 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful and clean. We were passing through to get to the museum at the other end. We enjoyed looking at the Egg and all the architecture in the area. We were there on a Friday and there was a farmers market and lots of food trucks. Wished we had time/storage for both, but we did not and I'm sure it... More 

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Thank taleoftwokitties
Albany, New York
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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nelson Rockefeller is responsible for this. When built, it was way ahead of its time. Check out the amount of marble used. Rocky wasn't cheap.

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Thank rfalteri
Adirondacks
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This sprawling scenic plaza with amazing views of the city, and neighboring city of Troy is a magnet for so many reasons. The unusual architecture of the Egg and Corning Tower juxtaposed with the historical Romanesque Revival ediface of the state capitol building across the street. I love including this on walks of the city (a great place for cardio,... More 

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Thank DiamondGirl1011
Kampala, Uganda
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

These buildings are the most impressively terrifying part about Albany. I wonder if Wallace Harrison, the architect, who built these imposingly brutal buildings in 1976 modelled them off of Orwell's 1984. He basically made the book come true.

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Thank Find Yourself F
New York City
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Gov Rockefeller had a vision and built it. It almost looked like the set of a futuristic movie. Took the free tour from the Gift Cnt under the Egg and was shown the two theaters in the Egg. Walked the Plaza and was told about the Govs (Rockefeller) interest in modern art and how he cleared 40 city blocks to... More 

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Thank Enriquez
Albany, New York, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

There is plenty of things to do at The Plaza. From art in motion to a Capitol tour. You can visit the Egg, the NYS Museum and explore the many areas of the Plaza which hosts numerous events as well as a weekly farmers market. Check it out!

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Thank Tammy M
Trondheim, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

I loved this building at first look and to walk around in this area was really special. I remember from Concorde that a lot of rock were used in constructions.

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Thank taarhaug
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

Stunning visually, quite modernistic. Have great walking shoes on, as you will want to spend most of your time in the NYS museum, and then visit this for a break or walk outside. They were setting up for a concert, which should be quite interesting acoustically from the steps across from the stage. It is not what you go to... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

Nothing really to do there but the buildings are nice. Good views of the capital building and the egg shell. Right across from the state museum

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Thank maxrebos
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

Rockefeller Plaza reminds me of the Orwell novel 1984. It looks cold, forbidding and sterile. The office buildings don't have names, they are numbered 1 thru 4. There is not a spot of nature to be found. Skip visiting this, or walk to it, look for a minute or two and move on.

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NYSCapitolTours, Attraction Representative at Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza, responded to this review

Thank you for the review. I am sorry that you felt the experience was poor. Please let us know how we can improve. I do want to mention the varied and sometimes overlooked landscape at the Empire State Plaza. The Plaza is set on 98 acres and is made up of 11 buildings. Four are named Agency 1, 2, 3... More 

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