Located at 25 Quackenbush Square in Albany, New York, the Henry Hudson Planetarium is part of the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center. The Henry Hudson Planetarium hosts are variety of programs and special events that are designed to be educational and explore the arts, history, astronomy, and science. Many of these programs are geared especially towards children to help them learn.
On a monthly basis, the Henry Hudson Planetarium features interactive star sighting shows. These shows are designed to help visitors learn what stars are in the sky. Some of the shows that have been offered in the past have included "Stars to Starfish'' and "Through the Eye of the Hubble.''
Interactive group programs that are focused on science and history are also offered. In addition, the Henry Hudson Planetarium is one of NASA's official Space Places. Official NASA Space Places are specifically designed for school children to enable them to learn about technology and the science of space in a manner that is fun and is also hands on. On the third Saturday of every month, the Planetarium offers public astronomy programs. School groups and private showings are also available with a reservation.
The Planetarium has several shows that are designed specifically for children. For children in that are in the first grade or younger, "Twinkle Time'' includes storytelling and talks about the twinkling stars and friendly sun. For older children, "Wonders of the Universe'' explores galaxies, planets, seasonal constellations, and other wonders. "Let there be Light'' is an animated show that features the story of Galileo, a 17th century astronomer, and discusses his discoveries. "Stars of the Pharaohs'' uses astronomy to explore ancient Egypt. "Follow the North Star and the Underground Railroad'' is a sky show that discusses how astronomy played an important role in helping people find their way along the Underground Railroad. "The Little Star That Could'' is a story of one star's journey through space in search of the planets. In this particular program, children learn basic information about the solar system and each of the planets.
The programs listed above carry a fee of $3 per child. Normally, there is a minimum group fee of $60 for all programs. Each month there are different events available at the Planetarium. During the summer and at times when the schools have breaks, the Planetarium offers programs at 11:00am. Regular hours of operation are 10:00am to 4:00pm daily.
Hours of operation, shows offered, and fees are subject to change at any time. Anyone interested in visiting the Henry Hudson Planetarium should call the Planetarium directly to inquire about hours, fees, and shows prior to planning their trip. Additional information about the Henry Hudson Planetarium can be obtained by calling 518-434-0405. This observatory and planetarium offers a variety of educational opportunities that are interactive.
The Henry Hudson Planetarium is also available for birthday parties. Birthday parties feature a staff-led star program and offer private party space. The party fee is $150, and there is a maximum of 25 children per party.