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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

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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Take a day and wander through the past and more...

The museum is a nice collection of themed exhibits and focal points abound for interests of all ages. If you can't find something here to get happy about, then you must have... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Potsdam, New York
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Potsdam, New York
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358 reviews
82 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The museum is a nice collection of themed exhibits and focal points abound for interests of all ages. If you can't find something here to get happy about, then you must have missed the exit for a casino. Very nice maritime art exhibit and some nice views of NYC without all the crowds!

Thank mdkadk
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Some nice exhibits, especially the 911 section, fossils, carousel. Nice place to spend some time during inclement wether, hot or cold.

Thank Faisal S
Kingston, New York
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Very clean museum with knowledgeable staff. Also a carousel on the top floor which is a good way to end the visit. Gift shop has a good array of merchandise that is reasonably priced. Many different exhibits that have very intricate details and detailed explanations. Great place to spend the day.

Thank addiefifi
Albany, New York
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43 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a free attraction and on the weekends and weekdays after 3 they have free parking at the parking lot next to the museum. They have lots of exhibits including guest exhibits usually a few at a time and some art exhibits as well. They have special areas for children to play and explore in. Theres a carousel on... More 

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Guilderland, New York
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The State Museum in Albany is a must see. It's a great view of the history of the State of New York all the way back to the ice age and gives you insight into how the state was formed millennia ago. Not to mention, it gives a great view into the settlement of the state and its history from... More 

Thank Steve B
Whitesboro, NY
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30 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'm one of the few people who doesn't always jump at hitting a museum. This was enjoyable from start to finish. It is free but donations are suggested, $5 per person or $10 per family which is very reasonable. There is something for everyone here, an interactive area geared toward children, artwork and plenty of interesting history. There is an... More 

Thank Kona93
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have visited this museum since it was build. It is a wonderful place for families or individuals. It is also completely wheel chair accessible. And it is always free. There are many interesting nooks in the museum that even this life long visitor discovers new parts all the time. If you visit with children just let them run around... More 

Thank Valerie J
Albany, New York
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15 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a weekly staple when we moved to the Albany area. Having lived at various times around the state I continue to find the displays interesting and as my children get older, it fits well into their school curriculum. Very good interactive and hands-on exhibits in the children's discovery center. The experience diminished a bit when they removed the... More 

Thank Pamela R
Plymouth, Massachusetts
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very cool place. Donation based which is great. 9/11 exhibit is very emotional. A lot of NYC stuff, more than upstate stuff. It's a cool place and worth the visit.

Thank Rob M
Boulder, Colorado
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19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While I enjoyed the museum,it's called the New York State Museum. When I visited (a few years ago now) most of the displays were about New York City. The displays were well done but i was really hoping to learn more about the state.

Thank Victoria G

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