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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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Toronto, Canada
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70 reviews 70 reviews
43 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We were saying shortly after Robin Williams died that it's very rare that a celebrity dies and you feel the loss of a connection, in spite of having no actual connection or closeness. Seeing the Sesame Street set is the travel equivalent of that same connected feeling. Same with the World Trade Centre exhibit. This was a wonderful little museum.... More

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Isabela, Puerto Rico
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Two floors of exhibit, the first floor has much more exhibit and more interesting. We went on a Sunday and you'll find free parking & not many people at the museum. It's very fun and entertaining. Museum connects to the Empire State Plaza (very beautiful). The 911 exhibit was very emotive. Overall: excellent.

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Austin, Texas
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225 reviews 225 reviews
45 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

This was a great experience at the far end of our tour of the Plaza! We stuck to the left side with more of a history on New York, very interesting, especially the 9-11 exhibits. It's fun with a group of six to get everyone separated in the way they have it laid out, it makes sure you see everything!... More

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Hudson River Valley, New York
17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

My husband and I were pleasantly surprised here, as were my kids (13 and 8 yrs old). They liked it much more than they expected. It was bigger and had more exhibits than we thought it would. It's free admission, with a suggested donation. Sesame Street brought back memories. There's a hands on area for children, which was very cute... More

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Glens Falls, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Such a nice place and its free or you can donate. The place was very clean and had some people cool things to see and learn about. The exhibits were put together nicely.

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Arlington, Virginia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

It would be nice if the museum went in any sort of order, but everything is just displayed in a weirdly confusing way. Numerous times we ended up in areas we'd already been to and the map I saw later clearly illustrated many exhibits we had missed while being right in their area. Very weird, but worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This museum has quite a lot for all ages. A discovery room for kids with wonderful workers. Lots of hands on. All exhibits were interesting. Enjoyed the subway car and the fire engine room- especially good for kids. The 9/11 exhibit was poignant but needed more videos and lighting was somewhat poor. Good information at all exhibits. Museum needs a... More

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New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This museum is has no entrance fee plus there is free parking on weekends. We found it very interesting and informative. There was an exhibit of art works by SUNY University students from around the State. We also enjoyed the depiction of the history of the region, including native Americans and more. The NYC exhibit showed how the City transformed... More

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Toronto, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Highlights include the antique carousel (which still works). If you have a young child, s/he can ride the carousel (it's pay what you can; I noticed that most parents were paying a dollar!). The Harlem Renaissance exhibit included a first edition of W.E.B. DuBois' The Souls of Black Folk and a stock certificate from Marcus Garvey's Black Star Line. The... More

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Buffalo, New York
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105 reviews 105 reviews
41 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

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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