Thronateeska Heritage Center profile for Metro Guide

Thronateeska Heritage Center is open 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. (File photo)

Thronateeska Heritage Center is open 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. (File photo)


Thronateeska Heritage Center is located at Heritage Plaza on the 100 block of West Roosevelt Avenue. (Staff photo: Laura Williams)


Former NASA astronaut Norman Thagard answers questions following a presentaion at Thronateeska Heritage Center’s Wetherbee Planetarium. (File photo)


A replica of an orbiter spacecraft hangs from the ceiling at Thronateeska Heritage Museum’s space flight exhibit. (File photo)


Thronateeska is currently constructing a new wing which will serve as its archives building. (Staff photo: Laura Williams)

Thronateeska is located at Heritage Plaza, the 100 block of West Roosevelt Avenue in Albany, on the only remaining brick street in the city. Thronateeska’s campus includes a history museum, science museum, archives, rail car display, and a 40-foot full dome high-definition planetarium system, the first in the world of its kind.

The museum facilities are housed in historic structures and new construction designed to reflect and retain the railroad heritage of the area. The archives and collections department, which catalogues, stores, and cares for all of the collections at Thronateeska, and is open to the public for research purposes. Albany’s historic Union Station has a steam locomotive and rail cars, including one with an HO-scale model railway exhibit inside.

Thronateeska’s Science Museum is a field trip destination for schools. Hands-on, visually engaging exhibits in hydrology, archaeology, paleontology, physical science, and more stir young minds to brighter futures.

Wetherbee Planetarium: Thursdays-Saturdays, 100 Roosevelt Ave. Show schedule — 10:30 a.m., Molecularium; 11:30 a.m., Earth, Moon & Sun; 1 p.m., Black Holes; 2 p.m., Astronomyths; 3 p.m., Oasis in Space. Shows are seen on Spitz “SciDome” high-definition projection system — with 40-foot diameter dome and digital 5.1 surround sound — is the first of its kind in the world. Admission: 3 years old and older, $3.50 plus tax; Children under 3 years, free. Planetarium open same hours as Thronateeska Heritage Center Museum — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays.

The essentials about Thronateeska:

— Executive Director, Tommy Gregors

— Location, Heritage Plaza, the 100 block of West Roosevelt Avenue

— 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays

— Admission is free for museum; admission charges listed above for planetarium.

— Memberships range from $25 individual, $35 family to $500, engineer.

— Contact (229) 432-6955

— Website: www.heritagecenter.org

Thronateeska Heritage Center includes a museum that features an Albany area history exhibit, a model railroad exhibit and other rotating exhibits. The center also includes Weatherbee Planetarium, which has a full dome projection system and focuses on astronomy education.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and the planetarium has showings at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. School groups and other groups of 20 or more can call to schedule an appointment on any day.