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New York State Museum

Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12230
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Ranked #2 of 33 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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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

I don't know why this has taken me so long to write. Last summer my wife and I honeymooned stateside spending 8 days touring New England before 8 nights in Vegas. Whilst staying in The Berkshires (W Massachusetts) we decided to drive into NY state and headed for Albany. The museum was fantastic - so much to see in terms... More

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New York City, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed an afternoon at the NY State Museum, there were a lot of interesting exhibits that both us Adults and the children enjoyed. The Museum is free to visit, although there is a donation box at the entrance. Also noteworthy, there was no cafeteria within the museum so plan lunch accordingly. The Museum takes up two floors (Most of... More

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Saint Paul, MN
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106 reviews 106 reviews
9 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Museum had combination of state and city histories, an art exhibition and flora and fauna of NY (stuffed birds and animals). Displays well curated and interesting with lots of details and pictures. Much to see! Museum takes donations, so it's a good choice for a family on a tight budget. While I realize NYC is the biggest city, wish they... More

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79 reviews 79 reviews
24 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Conveniently across the plaza from the state capitol building. Two floors of exhibits of the state's history with many interesting information boards - complimentary.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

This is a great museum. It is not huge but is a decent size with exhibits covering items such as Ice Age New York, native Americans in New York and settlement by Europeans, development of New York city, 9/11 and more. The museum has been wonderfully kept. The exhibits are properly labelled and sensibly organised. I found the front-desk staff... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Great, free museum to learn about NYS. An amazing section on 9-11. I just wish they changed the exhibits more frequently, so e of them have been the same since I was a child (now 40 y/o).

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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

The museum has grown and progressed so much from when I went as a school student, many years ago. Think it is a first rate museum with excellent and varied exhibits.

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Dallas, Texas
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182 helpful votes 182 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This place was so informative and well planned. I was impressed by the variety of topics that were covered. I only had a couple of hours to visit, and wished that I had longer.

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Crystal Beach, FL
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3 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

For those interested in Anthropology and mastodons, this is a fine place to visit. The dioramas on Native American life in pre-Columbian New York are of a very high quality, with excellent accuracy. The atmosphere of the museum is welcoming, and you can spend hours visiting scenes from New York's past, in the city and mostly upstate. Unusual is the... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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93 reviews 93 reviews
13 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014 via mobile

We were with a large group traveling throughout the northeast and the state museum was our last stop on our 10 day trip. We all agreed the section devoted to the events of 9/11 was extremely moving and emotional. We only had 90 minutes to visit, but what we saw we all liked. Very worthwhile. Would like to return.

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