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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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State Treasure

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.

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

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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Albany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

The NYS museum at the plaza is a great destination and learning experience for all ages. Parking below the plaza is easy and there is also a parking lot next to it.

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This museum has something for every age and interest: history, fine art, folk lore, biology, geology, etc. Fun for folks who have relocated from NYC as they have an old subway car and several exhibits about old NYC neighborhoods. Excellent job on the 9/11 exhibit too. Special exhibitions are first rate; right now there is one about the Shakers and... More 

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Albany, New York
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

So many "locals" don't take the time to go to our State Museum here in Albany. Granted, parking can be a pain. It has some history for everyone. Local 4th graders will benefit since NYS curriculum is our state's history. It goes through NYS's past in a very interesting way ! The 9/11 display is quite impressive and,as an adult,quite... More 

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Albany, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Great place to bring your family which can be all ages, as it has enough to attract everyone in your family!

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Albany, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

9-11 display is well done native indian display very good carosel ride is good but easy to miss if you don't ask.

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The NYS gem and mineral exhibit is my personal fave. Also have enjoyed the fire truck exhibit, some of the old horse drawn pumpers are really cool. Takes a few hours to go through.

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I was pleasantly surprised when I visited this gem in the middle of Albany. It possesses some wonderful and diverse exhibits. I didn't expect to see the 9/11 exhibit and it was very moving. All together it was well worth the visit.

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I love to go to the museum and have taken our grandchildren several times in the last few months- just a great way to enjoy an afternoon

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Lower Gwynedd, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

On a visit to my daughter at her college we visited the New York State Museum. It was a snowy blustery day and this seemed more interesting than a movie. It really was quite nice. There was an awesome exhibition of paintings by Speicher. The Iroquois long house was illuminating on the Indian culture in the Adirondack region. My daughter... More 

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