Albany Exhibit and Henry Hudson Planetarium set to close

Emily De Vito
Updated: February 04, 2020 09:45 PM
Created: February 04, 2020 12:23 PM

ALBANY – A new vision is being created for Quackenbush Square in downtown Albany and it doesn't include the Albany Heritage Exhibit or the Henry Hudson Planetarium that have been there for nearly 30 years.

The two are located at the Albany Visitors Center in the square.

"I think it is a little bit of a loss," said Kathy Quandt the Director of Operations at Discover Albany. "The history exhibit has been here for our public to learn about the history of the city before they kind of exit and explore on their own. We do a lot of school programming."

The exhibit will close Feb. 14 and the planetarium on Feb. 20 after winter break for students in the area. The Albany Visitors Center manages the two for the City of Albany. NewsChannel 13 reached out to Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan's office to ask why they decided to close the exhibit and planetarium, but we did not hear back.

"There's a lot of redevelopment going on," said Jill Delaney, the President and CEO of Discover of Albany, about Quackenbush Square. "This is the start of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative neighborhood, so this is part of that, and you're seeing some of that construction now. So I'm sure that if you were to ask Mayor Sheehan it's probably part of that big picture redevelopment that she has."

Taking over the space where the exhibit and planetarium is will be the American Heritage Museum. The visitors center will remain on the other side of that, and they're hoping to revitalize the space.

"We currently offer walking tours, and we will continue to do that and add new programs, and we will restructure some of our school programs as well," said Quandt. "So that maybe we do some walking tours and some architecture programs, and we'll find ways to still share the history of the city."

The USS Albany Exhibit will remain open to visitors.

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