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New York State Museum

Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12230
518-474-5877
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Ranked #4 of 33 attractions in Albany
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Wonderful museum! Has several great exhibits, including an incredibly moving exhibit of 9/11. It is a free museum but accepts donations.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

The NYS Museum is great for a rainy afternoon with your kids. The Museum is free, but they do accept donations. The exhibits aren't hands on, except for the Discovery Center for the little ones. You can explore different regions and eras of NYS. Top exhibits are Sesame Street, the Cohoes Mastadon, a working carousel on the 4th floor and... More

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Albany, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

We brought our 3 year old granddaughter to visit the museum. The layout of the exhibits are both interesting and inviting. She was able to walk around old subway cars and see Sesame Street buildings and even had a ride on a carousel . There is a special room for hands on discovery of fossils too. Lots of interesting things... More

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Albany, New York
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196 reviews 196 reviews
54 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

New York State Museum is one of the most enjoyable days that you can spend in Albany New York. There really is something for all age groups. There are many different areas of interest within the museum. Children loved the museum there are many animal exhibits as well as a replica of Sesame Street, and a beautiful carousel for the... More

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Albany, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Great place to explore the history of New York both culturally, historically and from a kids perspective! So much to see and do that it could easily take a family with school aged kids a few days to see all that is there as part of the permanent collection- and that doesn't include the wide variety of exhibrits they have... More

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Albany, New York
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6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I've been to the NYS Museum a few times and always find it interesting. Some of the highlights are the NYC history, including an actual subway car, the fire engine display, and the Indian exhibits. Of course, the most thought provoking is the 9/11 Exhibit. As some have stated, it is laid out rather oddly. Also, there is a lot... More

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Albany, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Our family visits the museum at least once a year. Great displays, rich with New York State history. The carousel at the upper level is great for kids and adults.

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Peterborough, New Hampshire
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

World Trade Center Rescue Recovery exhibit was worth the visit in itself. It was well presented, informative and very moving. They had the melted beam of one of the towers on display among many other relics and memorabilia.. The rest of the museum had some impressive exhibits considering it's free to get in, of course they rely on donations and... More

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Albany, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The NYS Museum is not a state of the art, heavy duty museum, but it displays a very nice overview of key parts of the New York State. A section is devoted to the New York City region, another to the Adirondack Wilderness. The rest of the state is covered in less detail. Great mixture of art and natural history.... More

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Albany, New York
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9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The NYS Museum is a great place to stop and check out some very interesting exhibits. The 9/11 Memorial is very touching and a must see. Some exhibits will keep the little ones busy, but I had a 9 and 5 year old and they were done in about an hour. The carousel upstairs was the highlight of their trip(of... More

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