Empire State Plaza art collection

Tour the Art Collection

Empire State Plaza Art Collection Tours


Art historians have called the collection "the greatest collection of modern American art in any single public site that is not a museum." The Collection was formed under the direction of Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller during construction of the Empire State Plaza (1966–1978). The tour will focus on the creation of this historic collection, as well as highlights of the ninety-two works of art on permanent display throughout the Plaza. Weather permitting, tours will also look at pieces located outdoors on the Plaza. The Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza Art Collection is a public collection owned by the people of New York State and cared for by the New York State Office of General Services


  • When: Monday through Friday
  • Start Location: Corning Tower Security Desk, Concourse Level
  • Reservations: Required. Please contact the Plaza Visitor Center at 518-474-2418