Theaters, Museums Heat Up Albany's Cultural Climate

By Jessica Walker Boehm on Tue, 04/26/2011 - 06:28

Albany's residents and visitors can enjoy historically significant museums and theaters.

Capital Repertory Theatre

The Capital Reperatory Theatre, one of 76 professional theaters that are part of the League of Resident Theatres, has been putting on shows, such as A Christmas Story and Shipwrecked, for more than 20 years.

Palace Theatre

Entertaining Albany audiences since 1931, the Palace Theatre features a diverse selection of popular performances and cultural events. Although the theater has changed since it began several years ago, its design remains in-tact; an impressive brass chandelier hangs in the main lobby, and original murals painted by Andrew Karoly and Jules Zartol still adorn the walls.

Albany Civic Theatre

The Albany Civic Theatre began in 1955 and continues to offer entertainment to audiences today. The theater puts on a variety of performances and provides memberships to its loyal customers.

The Egg

Designed to accommodate events and performances, The Egg took 12 years to construct and, architecturally, has no precedent. The building goes six stories deep into the ground and is able to keep its shape because of a girdle it wears, which is in the form of a heavily reinforced concrete beam.

The Egg is home to two theaters: the Lewis A. Swyer Theatre and the Kitty Carlisle Hart Theatre. In addition, it contains a lounge area for the Hart Theatre, used for seminars, receptions, parties and small performances.

New York State Museum

Welcoming more than 750,000 visitors each year, the New York State Museum is one of the biggest cultural attractions in the state. This research museum features exhibitions, collections and programs, and also offers guided tours, learning centers and other services.

Albany Institute of History and Art

The Albany Institute of History and Art, founded in 1791, is one of the oldest museums in the United States. The museum features collections, exhibitions, programs, projects and publications that represent the history, art and culture of Albany and the Upper Hudson Valley.


Jessica Walker Boehm is a journalism graduate of Belmont University and has been a regular contributor to since 2010. From shopping and dining to parks, schools and health care, sh...

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