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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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Nice free museum. We spent several hours wandering around. Nothing specific to write about, but we enjoyed it.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Nice free museum. We spent several hours wandering around. Nothing specific to write about, but we enjoyed it.

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Walkersville, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

So much to see and do at this museum. They even have a genealogy area to help you find out information maybe on your ancestors. Plan on spending a lot of time there.

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Wesley Chapel, Florida, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Wonderful experience in this museum. Looking forward to returning to learn more rich history. My son would enjoy this at an older age of course.

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Athens, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Countless exhibits on three floors of the building make for a great museum visit. Very educational for children and adults. There is an old carousel on the upper level that children will love. Ample parking is free after 10:00 AM. The museum is free also. Enjoy!

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Albany, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

A great tribute to NYS history. Something to see for the very young to the very old. The visit is free and allows you to easily visit the Capital and the Empiore State Plaza. Many exhibits attractive to children.

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Selkirk, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

The NYS Museum is a great place to visit, however, they are closed on Monday. The USS Slater is also closed on Monday and the Dutch Apple Cruise has no Monday cruises. The Schuyler Mansion is also closed on Monday so for people taking long weekends and visiting the Albany NY area, there is little to do in the downtown... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

I didn't know what to expect other than the list of exhibits posted online, but this was well worth our time (about 3 hours) and money (suggested donation of $5 pp). All the exhibits were done very well with lots of both visuals and explanations. We felt like we had visited NY City in the history of the city exhibit.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

a must see many times over. The carousel is amazing and the 9/11 exhibit is emotional and informative....Enjoy

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Amsterdam NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Rainy day in upstate NY, with 3 grandsons went to this wonderful museum in Albany. Many interesting sections that appealed to each, the childrens area where they could and did touch and hold animal skulls, the gentelman who explained each was very helpful in teaching each skull to small children. We will go again when we have more time. Thank... More 

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Albany, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The NYS Museum was getting rather old, but it seems they decided to update and bring more interesting exhibits as well as point where NY made a difference on the National stage. Great place to bring the kids

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Additional Information about New York State Museum

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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