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Empire State Aerosciences Museum

250 Rudy Chase Drive

About Us
The Empire State Aerosciences Museum (ESAM) was established in 1984 as a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, chartered by the NY State Department of Education. The museum occupies 9 buildings and 27 acres of land on the western perimeter of the Schenectady County Airport, opposite from the 109th Air National Guard facility. It is an ideal environment to tell the story of aviation.


“To Educate, Entertain and Excite with experiences in air and space.”

The value of our Aerosciences Museum to the Capital Region is that it:

...Stimulates interest in aviation, particularly of NYS, for residents & visitors of all ages.
...Provides a repository for historical artifacts, documents & aircraft.
...Assists schools with meeting the NYS Regent’s mandate through exposing students to aviation technology and career opportunities.
...Provides space for meetings for aviation advocates and other groups.


The Empire State Aerosciences Museum reveals the history of flight and New York State’s impact on the development of aviation.

The Museum is located on the Schenectady County Airport, one of the earliest consolidated airports in the country, where Lindbergh landed in 1927. During the 1930’s it was an aircraft manufacturing site and became a military training area and an AAF base during World War II. Aircraft research and development conducted here was so important that the first jet airmail started from this site in 1946. With the establishment of the General Electric Flight Test Facility and the Malta Rocket Test Station toward the end of WWII, it became known as “The Little Peenemunde of the US” because of its rocket and jet research & development. The museum site and buildings are part of this heritage.


Karen Hymes

Friday, July 27, 2018
This is something of a little-known gem that offers something for everyone of all ages. My two year-old grandson loved it, as there are interactive elements, as did adults and history bluffs of all ages.

Rhonda Wood

Sunday, July 29, 2018
A must for all aviators of all ages, my grandson and I absolutely loved it. We'll definitely go again.

LiL Cali

Wednesday, July 4, 2018
To pay the price of entrance is definitely worth it because this place definitely need some more money to improve but they had some cool things there to actually sit in to work with your hands Press buttons and step on things that's pretty cool so well worth the money support your local Museum and also a great place to take a bunch of pictures you could stand by sit in the planes put ur hands on working control panels and would definitely have some cool pictures

Christine Daniel

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Great value for what you get. The tour guide was so knowledgeable and offered to stay after closing to allow my group to look around longer. This is a labor of love for these dedicated folks.

Sergey Nam

Friday, July 13, 2018
Unexpectedly great museum for me. You can climb the old fighter jets, the museum has a plane repair shop in the back with a take off lane and real working planes.

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