The building that originally served as a water pumping station, now serves as a staffed tourist information center that provides an orientation to the City of Albany.
The museum galleries offers a variety of permanent displays exploring the history of Albany from 1609 to present day and the USS Albany Heritage Exhibit featuring ships named for the capital city from 1846 to the present. In addition, special exhibits and events featuring the history and culture of the Capital Region are scheduled throughout the year. A self-guided walking tour is available in print.
The Albany Gift Shop located at the Visitors Center offers unique Albany gift items and product handmade by local artisans.
The Henry Hudson Planetarium, located at the Discover Albany Visitors Center offers public planetarium shows the third Saturday of every month, and for groups by reservation.
The Visitors Center is open daily: Monday-Friday 9am-4pm (3pm Dec-March); Saturday 10am-3pm; Sunday 11am-3pm. A Path Through History attraction.