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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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Great museum for families !!

While on our stay in Albany we visited the New York State Museum. My teenage kids and I recommend this museum to others. It was amazing in so many ways. My kids really loved... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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Champlain, New York
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Champlain, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

While on our stay in Albany we visited the New York State Museum. My teenage kids and I recommend this museum to others. It was amazing in so many ways. My kids really loved the 911 tribute area. What is really nice is the museum is donations not a set amount. Thank you to the museum staff for such a... More 

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Staten Island, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

We went primarily to look at the Shaker exhibit, which was very interesting, but found ourselves drawn into many other exhibits. As a New Yorker, proud that this is my state museum.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

Not usually a fan of museums, I was happy and satisfied to have gone. Free. Major exhibits nicely done of all the wildlife to be found all over NY; nice one on Indian history and importance. Somewhat odd was a large exhibit dedicated to NYC history. Special exhibit was all about the Shakers. Knew something about them before, having visited... More 

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 444 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We thought this museum was quite small when we went in but it isn't, it's huge and it took us hours to go around it. Every display was excellent and the information well done. The Shaker Exhibition was the seasonal display when we were there and, although we've visited Canterbury NH in the past, we learned things we didn't know.... More 

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Syracuse, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

I was disappointed. After hearing about this museum for many years, I finally had an opportunity to visit it, and I thought it was blah, small, limited, and not worth a revisit.

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Pleasanton, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

The museum is very good as plenty of reviewers shared. Here are a few useful tips for the thrifty. The carousel on the 4th floor is free to ride! They have a donation box. There are vending machines and tables on the 2nd floor so you could probably pack a lunch or snack if you like.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Thoroughly enjoyable museum. The exhibits are well laid out and clear to understand. Our grandchildren especially enjoy the NYC exhibit, with it's cable car display. We also enjoyed the carousel.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Even though we were rather museum'd out, by the time we got to Albany, this museum was recommended (and also free), so we gave it a try. Well worth the time. We were only in Albany for the one day, so perhaps we gave the museum short-shrift, but if I lived in Albany, I would love to spend more time... More 

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Recently visited the New York State Museum and was impressed by their Shaker Exhibit. They have a fantastic collection of Shaker material. The 911 Exhibit is a must see for adults, provides a look at some of the many artifacts from this national disaster.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015 via mobile

The 9-11 exihibit is impactful. The carosoul on 4th floor is a passage thru time. It is not a big medium compared to NYC but a good one to spend half a day. Admission is free.

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Additional Information about New York State Museum

Address: Address: Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12230
Phone Number: 518-474-5877
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Albany
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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