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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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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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Went for the Shaker exhibit

This was our first trip to the NYS museum. We were very interested in the photographic exhibit of Shaker culture. The photographs as well as the articles associated with the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

This was our first trip to the NYS museum. We were very interested in the photographic exhibit of Shaker culture. The photographs as well as the articles associated with the Shakers were excellent. Because our time was limited, we will return to tour the rest of the museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I spent several hours here in June of 2013 and forgot to write a review. It was great! I had another opportunity today, but only had a half hour free, which I used to check out the temporary exhibit about THE SHAKERS. The exhibit is wonderful, so informative and interesting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

I take my kids there all the time (ages 3,2, and 6 months) and, they love it. Some animals to see and a room for them to explore. Also, the very important carousel!

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Waterford, New York
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28 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Even with a map, I had to ask directions. The museum is that big, but the layout is a little odd. There are some very interesting exhibits here. I especially enjoyed the Shaker exhibit. The kids love the small Sesame Street exhibit and the play area. The 9/11 exhibit is heart-wrenching, but there are a lot of displays that have... More 

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Albany, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

It's a good place to visit and explore the stories of USA, specially the New York Region. It's free at fridays!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Lots of the displays are old, feels a little mildewed. Children enjoyed the first time, and we reluctant to revisit...

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015 via mobile

We have been to the museum many times, but still learn something new each time. My kids are young (infant,2,5, and 7) and love the easy layout. I love having room to push the stroller!

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Lewiston, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Exceptional exhibit on 9-11, New York City, and a great exhibit on the Shakers as well. Outstanding mineral collection, the 4th floor carousel is exceptional, great research library,and Discovery Center for children. Great birds, nature and Adirondacks exhibits, along with a great research library.All of this at no charge! Allow 2 to three hours at least,if not more!

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Ogdensburg, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Was really impressed by the size of the museum and the number of exhibits, especially the 9/11 exhibit - very moving. Was only able to spend about an hour there and you really need at least 2 hours to really see and appreciate it all.

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Somers, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

What's not to like in this amazing resource..... Stop up to pour through the film censorship archives for a unique look into the past.

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