If you've ever flown over the city of Albany, you have probably noticed an unusually shaped structure that looks a bit like half an egg. That is actually the name of the facility - “The Egg.” Completed in 1978 after twelve years of construction, this venue is owned by the State of New York. Its purpose was and is to provide a place for events and performances. Inside its shell, The Egg has two theaters. The Lewis A. Sawyer Theatre can seat an audience of 450 and hosts everything from concerts to educational programming. The Kitty Carlisle Hart Theatre can seat 982 people and as such is reserved for larger audiences. You won't want to miss seeing the unique interior of this building. Rather than straight lines and corners, everywhere you look are curved and concave surfaces. Over the years, comedies, dances, films, concerts and theatre performances have been presented in this architectural wonder. You and your guests will gain an up-close and personal appreciation for our sailors who have fought in our country's history. One visit to the USS SLATER and you will known exactly how complex and complicated life aboard a Navy Destroyer could be. This boat is the only one of 563 Navy Destroyers that battled Nazi U-boats and Japanese submarines. You can find this boat permanently moored on the Hudson River. Fifteen years of restoration have gone into all zones of this ship. Being your tour in the Flying Bridge and then move down onto the Bridge itself. From there you can see and then explore the Superstructure of the vessel before walking the Main Deck. Beneath that are the First and Second Platforms followed by the Hold. With authentic equipment and gear, this boat offers you a glimpse into World War II Era life. You might think that the New York State Museum would be located in New York City, the most populous city in the state. However, you can find this museum in the state capital. Superbly suited for all ages, this museum offers you the chance to study history, science and nature in a hands-on manner. Gaze at the stars in its planetarium or take advantage of one of its many educational programs or summer camps. Every year, this museum provides about 12 new exhibitions. It also provides a wide range of events including: the Archaeological Site Open House, Family Fun Day, Film Series, a Halloween party, History Day and Trash to Treasure. Learn about gems, minerals and fossils in one show or see New York's many flowers in Spring. Enjoy a story reading or a lunchtime discussion. No matter what you choose, the very best thing about this museum is that admission is free.
Many people find that a bus rental is optimal when planning to tour the capitol building and its surroundings. Each year school groups and other organizations journey to this location to learn more about the history of the state. The Capitol building itself is a stone structure featuring nineteenth century architecture. Today, you can visit this building along with various memorials, two art collections and an observation deck. Begin your visit at the Plaza Visitor's Center to learn more. In the Hall of Governors, you can find multiple exhibits including the War Room, the Flag Room and the Blue Room. There are areas devoted to the study of the 1911 Capitol Fire, President Ulysses S. Grant, the State Police and more. Be sure to visit the Times Union Center to watch the Albany Devils hockey team play teams from around the state. One of the competitors comes from Buffalo, New York and the rivalry between the Devils and the Sabres is intense. This arena was built in 1990 and now hosts about 165 events every year. From concerts to shows and sporting events to special ceremonies, this place has it all. Once known as the Pepsi Arena, it gained its new name in 2007. You and between 6,000 to 17,500 other fans can take in the great views found from every seat in the house. Fans have watched top name musicians sing in this venue. Families have gathered to enjoy visits with Big Bird and Barney the Dinosaur. Hockey games, basketball games and wrestling matches have thrilled visitors year after year.
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