Just two and a half hours north of New York City via a beautiful train ride up the Hudson River, an easy day trip from the Berkshires or Saratoga Springs, and across the river and just north of Albany, NY. We are also just under three hours by car from Boston or Montreal.
On the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the nation’s oldest technological research university, EMPAC overlooks Troy, a city that played a central role in the Industrial Revolution and that still preserves some of the 19th century’s best architecture.
Building + Box Office Hours:
- August 23 thru May 31
- Monday–Friday: 9AM–6PM
- Saturday: 10AM–4PM
- June 1 thru August 22
- Monday–Friday: 9AM–5PM
- We are closed: Memorial, Independence, Labor, Thanksgiving and day after, Christmas and day after, New Years, Martin Luther King, and President's Day.
- Additional building hours for events and exhibitions.
- Box Office: 518.276.3921
Our café offers a menu of meals, snacks, and beverages as well as a selection of wines before all performances, screenings, and talks. Service continues during intermissions and after most performances and talks.
Evelyn’s is also open weekdays from 12–3PM daily lunch featuring a rotating menu using locally-sourced ingredients. On Wednesdays, the student-run Terra Cafe serves a weekly menu of local and organic foods featuring a meat and vegetarian option as well as dessert.
Evelyn’s Café: 518.276.2569
We are located at the corner of 8th Street and Congress Street, in Troy, NY.
Mailing address only:
110 8th street, EMPAC Building, Troy, NY 12180
GPS: 42 43' 44" N, 73 41' 2" W
The main building entrance and box office are located on the EAST (campus) side of the building and accessible from the College avenue parking garage. PLEASE NOTE: Parking on 8th street requires using stairs.
The ADA access to the building is located at the EAST entrance at the top of the hill
From the North: Take I-87, the Adirondack Northway, South to Exit 7 East. Get on Route 7 headed Eastbound. Follow directions to campus (below).
From the South: Take I-87, the New York State Thruway, North to Exit 23. At Exit 23, get on I-787 North to Route 7 East. Follow directions to campus (below).
From the East: From I-90 (Massachusetts Turnpike, Berkshire Spur of the New York Thruway), take Exit B1. Continue West (13.5 miles) to the exit for I-787. Take I-787 North to Route 7 East. Follow directions to campus (below).
From the West: Take I-90, the New York State Thruway, to Exit 24. From Exit 24, continue onto I-90 East. Exit onto I-787 North. Take I-787 North to Route 7 East. Follow directions to campus (below).
Directions to Campus: From Route 7 East, get in the right lane, make a right at the FOURTH light onto Fifteenth Street. Follow 15th Street about 1 mile through two lights. You will pass under the Rensselaer footbridge. At the third light, turn right onto College Avenue. The parking garage will be one block down on your right. EMPAC is located ~200 meters further West on the right.
Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station
555 East St
Rensselaer, NY 12144
Albany International Airport
737 Albany-Shaker Road