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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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Albany Must See, but NYCentric

This museum is free, so in the end, there really can be no argument. Having said that, I was somewhat disappointed by the lack of variety. Roughly half the museum is dedicated... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

This museum is free, so in the end, there really can be no argument. Having said that, I was somewhat disappointed by the lack of variety. Roughly half the museum is dedicated to NYC, which seems pretty silly, considering the pre-colonial, revolutionary, industrial, Civil War, and modern history of this large, diverse state. I will say the Native American section... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Go there! Fantastic to see. NYS history is fantastic. The entire site is great and please pay special attention to the 9/11 exhibit.

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

So much to see. You could spend days here and still miss spectacular exhibits. Perfect for kids and adults. 911 exhibit will make you cry. Periodic art exhibits wonderful. Informative bird and wildlife and mineral exhibits. Many dioramas of New York life with life sized figures. Incredible learning experience.

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

This is a wonderful museum. Love the Native people of NY, Adirondack, bird, Metropolis, mastodon, and rocks and minerals exhibits. The carousel is charming. It is well worth visiting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 via mobile

Easy to get to, good parking, overall a full day of activity! Checked the website before visit to plan because there is so much to see! The kids loved the science exhibits. Overall really enjoyed our day at the museum!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Love it! I agree with the other reviewers....it took us 3 hours to go through and we didnt read every placard. It was easy to get to from the west heading east. We went early on Saturday when it opened and got a parking space. People coming in later had a hard time finding spaces. It is free to get... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Split basically into two main parts. NY shipping, building and history is one. A subway train, 9-11 display (excellent tear producing memorial). From a Native American long house to skyscraper construction, to an Oswego welcome to holicaust survivors. From Sesame Street to an old school room. On the other side , the geology, the animals, bugs and birds, with a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Spent three hours here recently. I was entertaining my sister and her 12- year-old grandson from LI. He couldn't get enough and was disappointed when we had to leave. It is a perfect place for all ages.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We visited on Easter Sunday, with only 2 hours before they closed. My teenage daughter and I hit it hard and fast, but really enjoyed the displays, especially all the 9/11 displays. Very touching. We both got big smiles riding the 1920 vintage carousel, also free!

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Orlando, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Spend my day here visiting various exhibitions and galleries. I enjoyed learning about Albany's history, going back in time in the New York City galleries, The Holocaust and the integration of survivors in the City, about the first settlers and their progress, about animals, plants and minerals from the area. So much to see. The 9/11 exhibit was very emotive.... More 

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