Empire State Aerosciences Museum

The Empire State Aerosciences Museum (commonly referred to as ESAM) is a non-profit museum which strives to "educate, entertain and excite with experiences in air and space". Established in 1984 and chartered by the New York State Department of Education, the museum is located on 27 acres (110,000 m2) of land on the western perimeter of the Schenectady County Airport in Glenville, New York, United States.[1]

Empire State Aerosciences Museum
Empire State Aerosciences Museum - Glenville, New York (8158417413).jpg
Location250 Rudy Chase Drive
Glenville, New York, 12302
United States
TypeAerospace museum
FounderCarl Battaglia, Ernie Tetrault, James Delmonaco and Steven Israel

ESAM sponsors an annual air show at the Schenectady Airport.


The museum has a collection of military aircraft outside the main building, in the Agneta Airpark including:

ESAM's two galleries contain more fragile aircraft, detailed models, artifacts, memorabilia and photographs. Other exhibits include the Amelia Earhart Exhibit, the DePischoff "flying motorcycle", and a 32' scale model of the Japanese World War II aircraft carrier Akagi. There are also several interactive displays. In addition, the museum houses the Wallace Holbrook Restoration Center which treats aircraft in various stages of restoration. Examples on display indoors include:[3]

Research LibraryEdit

The primary mission of the Janz Vander Veer Research Center/Library is to support the museum's education, exhibit and restoration programs. In addition, it serves as a resource to the general public for historical and technical aeroscience related information, such as astudent with a term paper assignment, a model builder, a media reporter or an author doing research.

The library contents are made up of a broad collection of books, brochures, photographs, technical manuals, periodicals, scrapbooks, artwork and audiovisual items. Its content is particularly strong in the Pioneer, World War I, "Golden Era" and World War II periods (1910–1950).

The Attil Pasquini Collection has over 2,100 photographs that can be searched using a PastPerfect software database. The Frank Coffyn Collection is a gift from the estate of Kingsland Adams Coffyn by the Green family to the Empire State Aerosciences Museum. The collection contains about 200 photos of Wright Flyers aircraft taken by Coffyn who worked for the Wright Brothers.

The Rick Allen Collection has added many books and a large amount of research materials to the library catalog.

The library is open on Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 12 noon. Arrangements for research may be made by contacting the library office.

Empire State Aviation Hall of FameEdit

The Empire State Aviation Hall of Fame, located on museum grounds, recognizes the contributions made by New York State aviation pioneers.

Hours and pricesEdit

During the summer from Father's Day to Labor day, ESAM is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. For the remainder of the year, ESAM is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Private tours for groups of 10 or more are available with reservation.

General admission costs are as follows:

  • $8.00 for adults
  • $6.00 for senior citizens and military personnel (with ID)
  • $5.00 for children aged 6 to 16
  • Those under six are admitted free of charge.
  • ESAM Members are granted free admission with a current ESAM membership card.

The museum has a virtual reality ride that costs $5.00 per person in addition to the admission charge.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Empire State Aerosciences Museum (ESAM) at the Schenectady County Airport". Archived from the original on 2007-04-10. Retrieved 2007-04-25.
  2. ^ "Cold War plane finally at its new home." Albany Times Union. March 29, 2009.
  3. ^ "Empire State Aeroscience Museum". aviationmuseum.eu. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Empire State Aerosciences Museum (ESAM) at the Schenectady County Airport". Archived from the original on 2007-04-09. Retrieved 2007-05-07.

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Coordinates: 42°51′38″N 73°55′55″W / 42.8606°N 73.9320°W / 42.8606; -73.9320