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New York State Museum

Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12230
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Ranked #3 of 34 attractions in Albany
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Natural History Museums, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Traveler Description: The New York State Museum serves as a repository for New York State's artistic, historical, natural and social history.  The splendid building... more »
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Buffalo, New York
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104 reviews 104 reviews
41 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I don't like museums but this was fabulous! I spent over an hour looking at all the exhibits. I could have easily spent much longer but was tired from an early wake up call for work. I loved that it covered a lot of NYS history from the Adirondacks to Albany's Underground to NYC. I would have liked to see... More

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pleasant valley
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I especially loved the NYC exhibit showing how it grew. The carousel was just magical..! 911 exhibit was ver moving.

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Winter Garden, Florida
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50 reviews 50 reviews
19 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We took a family trip to the museum. Many exhibits to see. 911 tribute, firetrucks, trains, Indians, Birds, canals...just to name a few. Great play area for the kids. Enjoyed the Merry go round! Free or donation to enter.

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Wurtsboro, New York
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51 reviews 51 reviews
18 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Can't think of a better place I have been that costs nothing. Even if you had to pay an admission, it is a must see. My husband and I spent a couple hours at this museum and we loved it!

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Asheville, North Carolina
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

What a great surprise - had no idea there would be SO MUCH to see in this museum. Great history, wonderful exhibits - can't say enough good about it.

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Putnam Valley, New York
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Back in my college art history class we were told that two hours in a museum is the maximum time before saturation. The NY State Museum is perfect for this reason. It has a bit of everything: history, nature, science, art, archeology, and more. The section on NY City is great and particularly the 9/11 display. I had visited it... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Great place to spend some time, interesting exhibits, from original Sesame Street set to a earthshaking 9-11 exhibit that truly made me cry. TIP...go one the weekends or after 2 you have free parking. Right across the street is the plaza, must stop and see!

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Utica, New York
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

great place... l\took my 3 yr old granddaughter there. she loved it...much hands on..and much to see. long day..would be perfect age for 5-10 yr old..

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New Britain, Connecticut
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Visiting this museum was supposed to be a fairly quick pit stop on the way to our destination in upstate New York so that our nine year old wouldn't be stuck in the car for four hours straight. I greatly underestimated what an awesome place this is! I was pleasantly surprised that a museum that doesn't charge regular admission (cost... More

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new york
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We go every chance we can. The history is rich the exhibits are moving and I never fail to cry when we visit the 9/11 exhibit. The kids love it and it is a cheap way for a family to spend the afternoon

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