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New York State Museum

Address: Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12230
Phone Number: 518-474-5877
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Ranked #2 of 27 Attractions in Albany
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Natural History Museums, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks, Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Owner description: Under the leadership of the New York State Education Department, this museum and research center...
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Type: History Museums, Natural History Museums, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks, Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Hours:
Tue - Sun 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Under the leadership of the New York State Education Department, this museum and research center preserves New York State's artistic, social, historical and environmental legacies through such exhibits as "Native Peoples of New York," "The Cohoes Mastodont" and "Black Capital: Harlem in the 20s."

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Hanover, Massachusetts
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

This museum has more than an average person can see in a day. It is very interesting and has different sections representing the different sections of NY State. There is a large room with 9/11 memorabilia which was very moving. I haven't had a chance to go through the whole museum but plan to on my next visit to the... More 

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Staten Island, New York, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

While upstate for some fall foliage photos during a rainy dreary day I decided to go to the NYS Museum. Being from NYC we have huge museums and to be honest this museum I enjoyed more. Everything related was on one main floor; in NYC the museum of natural history has several floors all spread out. Enjoyed the NYS museum... More 

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Lynn
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13 reviews 13 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Great museum, free, if I recall (!), highlights much of NY state and City history. It is also the only place besides the memorial site in Manhattan to see exhibits and artifacts from 9/11. Sombre but fascination. My other favorite was the exhibit about the Triangle Fire...I had seen a made-for-TV movie about years ago, and here it was, all... More 

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Albany, New York
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82 reviews 82 reviews
33 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Great variety of exhibits. Plenty here to keep you occupied for a good amount of time. Plan on at least 3 hours.

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Bristol, VT
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

My friend and I spent the day wandering through the museum starting with the fourth floor and the Carousel. Lots to see! Very kid and family friendly plus enjoyable for adults, too. Must see!

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Greenwood Lake, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

I can't even start. from animals, to the beginning of American people, the immigration, the 9/11 Exhibit which was vey touching

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I loved every part of this museum, the location was very convient and I learned a lot. This was my first time Going and I had high expectations and I was very impressed.

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Gansevoort, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

It was really really really fun but the food was down stairs and all they had was a McDonalds so we were all cranky so we had to leave early. Next time I will bring my own lunch.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

We just moved here from the city and we always loved going to the natural history museum and metropolitan museum of art, my 9 yr old twins said it's the best museum ever!!! They especially love the life size longhouse of the native peoples of New York. My 2 year old loved the antique carousel ride... It was an amazing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

always something new and interesting to see also close to other Albany attractions such as restaurants and shopping.

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