Directions to the Cultural Education Center
The Cultural Education Center (CEC) is at the south end of the Empire State Plaza, on Madison Avenue (Route 20). The street address is:Cultural Education Center
222 Madison Avenue
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12230
Fee-based Visitor parking is available in the V Lot (1), which is under the Empire State Plaza. Outdoor parking is available in the Cathedral Parking Lot (2) immediately east of the Cultural Education Center, and in Madison Visitor Parking (3), the parking lot just west of the building (see map). There is no charge for parking in the Cathedral lot on weekends, or after 3 p.m. on weekdays.
For information on parking and fees, visit the Office of General Services (OGS) Parking Management page, which includes a visitor parking lot map and Park and Pay instructions.
Map adapted from OGS Visitor Parking Lot Map
Special Considerations for School Buses: See the Museum's page, Prepare for your Visit.
Madison Visitor Parking - Madison Avenue, west of Cultural Education Center. (More information is available on the Visit the Museum page.)
- 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) to the CEC.
- 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) to the CEC.
- 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) to the CEC.
- 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) to the CEC.
Alternate Approach from I-787: Follow Empire State Plaza signs, proceed straight under the Plaza, then bear left to loop back under the Plaza. Use one of the underground parking lots or take the P1 exit and go through the arch to Madison Avenue.
See 511NY: Traffic, Travel and Transit Info for information on local construction activity or other traffic conditions that may affect your trip.
General Directions to the Empire State Plaza - from the New York State Office of General Services (OGS).
The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) web site contains bus schedules and maps. The main CDTA phone number is (518) 482-8822.
The Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau Inc. hosts a web site that contains information about where to stay in Albany. They also have a toll-free telephone number: 1 (800) 258-3582.