Directions to the Cultural Education Center

photo of the Cultural Education Center

Location

The New York State Archives, the New York State Library, and the New York State Museum are housed in the Cultural Education Center in Albany, New York.

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

Parking

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 pageexternal link, which includes a visitor parking lot map and Park and Pay instructions.

Map showing location of parking lots near the Cultuiral Education Center



Special Considerations for School Buses: See the Museum's page, Plan Your Group's Visit.

Madison Visitor Parking - Madison Avenue, west of Cultural Education Center. (More information is available on the Visit the Museum page.)

Directions

map showing highways leading into Albany
  • 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.

Additional Information

See 511NY: Traffic, Travel and Transit Infoexternal link for information on local construction activity or other traffic conditions that may affect your trip.

General Directions to the Empire State Plazaexternal link - from the New York State Office of General Services (OGS).

Public Transportation

The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA)external link web site contains bus schedules and maps. The main CDTA phone number is (518) 482-8822.

Where to Stay

The Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau Inc.external link 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.

Last Updated: July 3, 2012