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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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Mount Holly, New Jersey
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

Stopped into the museum for a few hours while visiting Albany. The museum set-up is such that you can set your own pace. We enjoyed the various exhibits, some older than others, and the informational write-ups. The 9/11 exhibit took us a bit by surprise, there are many pieces from WTC including the family room where families could get some... More

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Oceanside, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Their archives are the best there is for genealogy research. Have been lucky when it comes to parking, a little pricey $10, but if something else is going on with lots of people, the parking is bad and you have to walk and walk some more after parking

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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This place has well done exhibits and lots of really large artifacts. You could spend a lot of time here. Donations are accepted. The 911 exhibit breaks your heart all over again. I need to go back and absorb more!

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Albany, New York
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a first rate museum although showing its age in some spots. Its special art shows are a must for me. I always take out of town visitors to visit the museum, which has something for everyone and all ages.

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Albany, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Varied exhibits, including NYC history, 9/11 artifacts, Adirondack dioramas, wildlife, and minerals. Many food choices in underground concourse connected to the museum. Restored and functional century-old carousel with Wurlitzer organ.

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Columbia, Maryland
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58 reviews 58 reviews
20 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

This museum captivated us for hours without realizing it! From the historic origins of Manhattan to the modern exhibitions of local college students, you will find very unique and informative selections that anyone can appreciate and admire. Naturalists can view scenes of native wildlife, including an impressive section highlighting New York's bird variety. This museum is a must-see for anyone... More

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Toronto, Canada
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78 reviews 78 reviews
47 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

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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32 reviews 32 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

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
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

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
19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

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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