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Address: Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12230
Phone Number: 518-474-5877
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Tue - Sun 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Great museum. Enter from the lower end and donations vice set fee. The boyfriend & I arrived at the museum at 0945 and left little after 3pm. The displays were organized/labeled... read more

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Kingston, Canada
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great museum. Enter from the lower end and donations vice set fee. The boyfriend & I arrived at the museum at 0945 and left little after 3pm. The displays were organized/labeled well and there is a kids zone that little ones can interact. The most enjoyable for me was the Sesame Street display. Brought back the TV memories. The 9/11... More 

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Durham
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stayed here for a few hours on our way to Canada. We were initially surprised as to how big it was there was loads to see and well worth a visit. I covered first nation native Americans and the current 9-11 terrorist attack which was very moving and had a crushed fire engine as well as some of the... More 

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Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited early in the day. We wondered through the exhibits for a long time. Each room held something of interest- from native animals, old subway car, NYC 9/11 memorabilia, SUNY artwork, etc. We didn't even make it to see all of the exhibits. I was surprised how it kept our attention and our 2 year old's. Well worth spending some... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

When I lived in Albany I would come down to catch the latest exhibit, this was the first time for my husband...we both found the 911 exhibit very moving- they have added a few new pieces and I strongly recommend it, we have visited the 911 museum in NYC, but this has also been done respectfully and tastefully. Also the... More 

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East Greenbush, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very inviting venue. Staff polite, helpful, and the place was clean, with plenty of things to view. Easily spent a full day without effort.

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

World class museum for all but especially kids (interactive kids room). Permanent displays: Iroquois life, tAdirondack wildlife & exploration, the Cohoes Mastodon, NYC street scene, Sesame St, a full size subway car, Sept 11, 2001, & firetrucks. Many rotating exhibits. NYS archives are upstairs. Highly recommended for families year around.

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Always fun to go to the museum. Everything from the mastodons to the Adirondack great camps. The building of NY and the devastation suffered on 9/11. Master works of art along side the art of innovation. Make some time to visit. It's worth the trip.

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Please visit the museum a great collection of American Indian artifacts, as a matter of fact some of the displays came from a piece of property I have owned and the State came in and uncovered sites dating back to back to 1600 or better,and conserving the artifacts now in the museum wonderful!!!

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NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Most of the exhibits are on the first floor. Be prepared if you want to be thorough to spend a few hours. We spent AM at the Capital and then walked the concourse to the other end to this museum. So made a nice day. If it rains - all can be reached by the underground concourse.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I used to live in Albany during and after college and I used to love coming down here, even a long time ago when my son was young, but recently my wife had a day off together and we decided to walk around. It's still amazing, both the older displays of early NY, Native Americans, wildlife, etc, but also the... More 

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