We are 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.

Located 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.

Holiday closures

  • We are closed: Memorial, Independence, Labor, Thanksgiving, and day after, Christmas week, New Years, Martin Luther King, and President's Day.

Additional building hours for events and exhibitions.

Box Office

  • Performances: $20, $15 for seniors, faculty, and non-RPI students.
  • Films and special events: $10
  • Talks: Free

Rensselaer Students: Free admission to all events by swiping your ID card before the show and joining EMPAC + .  Advance tickets for students $6. 


Evelyn’s Café

Evelyn's Café is a fulcrum of activity, the living room of the EMPAC building and the Rensselaer campus. Filled with light and nestled beneath the red cedar hull of the Concert Hall, this intimate space on Level 5 offers sweeping northwest views of the seasons and a tempting outdoor terrace.

Evelyn’s is served by two accessible elevators from the Box Office and mezzanine levels for visitors who use the Level 7 campus entrance above, and by two broad stairways for those who venture in from the 8th Avenue secondary entrance on Level 2 below.

Evelyn’s is open Wednesday from 11AM–2PM for lunch. In addition to cash, Evelyn's will accept all major credit cards, RAD, and FLEX payments. Visit the Evelyn's website for up to date service hours.

Table Reservations

Table reservations for Evelyn's are available during regular café hours. Call Café Supervisor Dixa Bustamante. 518/276.2578

Address + Directions

Parking + Accessibility


The main entrance and box office are located on the EAST (campus) side of the building. For events, please park in the College avenue parking garage adjacent to Cogswell Laboratory.


The East campus entrance is also the accessible access to EMPAC. Please visit our Accessibility page for more detailed information. Note that parking on 8th Street requires using stairs to the third floor where there are elevators in the corridor hallway.

Rensselaer Campus Accessibility Information

Mailing Address

110 8th Street EMPAC Building Troy, NY 12180


Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station
555 East St Rensselaer, NY 12144

Albany International Airport
737 Albany-Shaker Road Latham, NY

Photo: Paul Riviera