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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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One of the hidden treasure of Albany... at the far end of the concourse... It tells the story of our great state

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

One of the hidden treasure of Albany... at the far end of the concourse... It tells the story of our great state

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Tucson, AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

When you first enter, there is a stunning and saddening exhibit of 9/11. There is a timeline of events, certain memorabilia of the Family Rooms, twisted I-Beams, etc. It is difficult to stand there and remain emotionless. Going forward there are all kinds of other exhibits from Animal, to the Neighborhoods of New York, Sesame Street,A very large Shaker Exhibit,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

When something is in your home town you sometimes forget how interesting it can be.... An out of state friend wanted to see to go and so a group of us traipsed over. We started on the right and meandered slowly (more than an hour...but I can get museum tired after an hour unless I like everything. I recommend looking... More 

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Albany, New York
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27 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The State Museum is always fun to visit. The permanent exhibits, many life size dioramas ranging from the Adirondack wilderness to the A train of New York City, every aspect of the state and its history and culture are old friends we don't tire of. Other exhibits focus on the geology and wildlife of the state. There are always rotating... More 

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Great place to take the kids during school breaks. The exhibits are a good representation of NYS. Younger kids enjoy the discovery room. Exhibits include the Adirondacks, minerals, birds and so much more. They run special events throughout the year that are also fun to attend. It's worth checking out the Chocolate Festival and the Rock and Mineral show.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Even if you planned to see only one exhibit, there are treasures around every corner that require taking the time to check out. Wish more programs were offered in the Clark Auditorium taking advantage of fine acoustics and comfortable seating.

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Saint Johnsville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The State Museum is at the Empire Plaza, and a must see if you are visiting Albany. It is free of charge, an added plus for families. It has beautifully displayed exhibits, and there is something for everyone...whether you want to see part of the Sesame Street set, with Oscar the Grouch in his garbage can, or the somber display... More 

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Long Island, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Lots of displays with facts and interesting history pertaining to the state, its wildlife, and region in general. Well laid-out. Parking nearby. Nice old carousel upstairs - again, at no charge. Good idea to donate whatever you can afford.

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Hurley, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Surprised to see this is still free, by the way. Excellent collection, very well documented (although sometimes there is Too Much Reading), and a helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable staff.

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Bellingham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

9/11 exhibit is incredibly moving. The most significant thing to have happened in my life and it was very emotional to see. Well worth it and the rest of the museum was great as well!

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