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New York State Museum

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Address: Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12230
Phone Number: 518-474-5877
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9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: Under the leadership of the New York State Education Department, this...
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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We took our 5 year old grand daughter. The old restored carrousel was beautiful and also free. Great exhibits and ok play/ discovery area for young children. Would be a 5 rating... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Surprise, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We took our 5 year old grand daughter. The old restored carrousel was beautiful and also free. Great exhibits and ok play/ discovery area for young children. Would be a 5 rating if this area was a little cleaner and better stocked with activities. Also a nice outdoor park/playground across the street

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

I was surprised that this, the oldest and largest State Museum in the country, was so good. Moving September 11 exhibit, solid stuff on NYC and immigration, interesting information about the State's history, and more. Made me proud once again to be a native New Yorker.

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Mansfield, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This was an unplanned trip. The owner of the hotel we stayed at recommended this place. What a surprise! For a donation of your choice you can visit this museum and get lost for almost 3 hours! Exhibits were well done and impressive. Get lost in the history of New York..even go back to the ice age. I would highly... More 

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Kirkville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

If you love history and museums this is a great place to be, a huge museum it has Natural history as well as historical items from the people of NY. They also have a dinosaur hall and a Bird Wing. One of the coolest exhibits is the replica of Sesame Street and the complete Mastodon Skeleton. The best part is... More 

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Barto, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

We stopped here on our way through Albany on a weekend trip and it was well worth the time. The museum gives you a pretty comprehensive history of New York State. There is information about the geology, with hundreds of examples of the different kinds of rocks and gemstones found in New York. There are examples of Native American settlements... More 

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Yorktown Heights, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

You need at least 3 to 4 hours to really indulge in this museum. Incredible Sept 11 display. I highly recommend

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Waterport
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

There was a lot more than I expected. definitely worth the couple hours it took to walk through. Don't bother going upstairs, there is little to see except a security guard and a lot of locked doors. Take your time and be sure to see the WW2 and womens veterans memorials on either side of the museum.

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Albany, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

A wonderful museum, especially for families with children. As an early childhood director, I brought parents and pre-schoolers to the museum many times. The highlights for small children included the 'Hands-on" Discovery Room, the fire engines, the NYC subway ( you can actually get on and pretend to take a ride), the American Indian exhibit with a "real Longhouse "... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This is a great museum, not only because of everything they bring through the exhibits but for everything they don't. It still contains the favorites it had for 20+ years :the mammoths, the long house, Sesame Street, The Adirondack Room. Amazing.

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

I have been going here since I was a kid and still love it. The Mammoth and the train were always my favorite things to see. I recommended everyone visit at least once. They also have a beautiful working carousel.

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