We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

New York State Museum

Open today: Closed
Review Highlights
You'll learn something, no matter how many times you've visited

I'd give this a 5 star rating if it weren't a bit worn at the edges (funding cuts). I've taken... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
SharonR2788
Great Museum

I love this very accessible museum for both adults and children. I always learn so much about my... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Katherine G
Read all 997 reviews
275
All photos (275)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good28%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“state museum”(94 reviews)
“sesame street”(50 reviews)
“new york”(226 reviews)
Contact
Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12230
Website
+1 518-474-5877
Call
Improve This Listing
Top Selling Tours & Activities in and around Albany
from $20.00
More Info
from $49.99
More Info
Reviews (997)
Filter reviews
966 results
Traveler rating
624
281
45
10
6
Traveler type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
More languages
624
281
45
10
6
Show reviews that mention
All reviews state museum sesame street new york subway car the world trade center merry go round fire truck natural history long house native americans interesting exhibits fourth floor all ages ice age moving exhibit suggested donation few hours
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 966 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago

I'd give this a 5 star rating if it weren't a bit worn at the edges (funding cuts). I've taken groups of college students and my four year-old granddaughter, and they all found something that spoke to them--a fire truck from 9/11, the set from...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank SharonR2788
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love this very accessible museum for both adults and children. I always learn so much about my state of New York. There is so much history here in Albany too. There is a great exhibit on the Erie Canal which I did by bike...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Katherine G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I helped Chaperone my wife's day Care Field Trip here, ages 4-7, the children had a blast seeing all the wonderful exibits and hand on centers for them to explore and learn. Merry go Round was a real treat for each of them. Organized and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank johnpan2018
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a great surprise to find that this museum doesn't charge admission. If you drive you do have to pay parking. The museum has 2 floors of exhibits. The first floor is the largest and most extensive. It has everything from NY nature, history,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank ammomof3
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There are several regular exhibits. On this occasion there was a large exhibit on 911. Many facts I had never heard. Good museum store for unusual gifts.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 4StarDave
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not much specifically for the kiddos, but my 3-year old still had a wonderful time. The outside grounds have a lot to explore as well. My husband and I enjoyed learning more about NY and found it to be well kept with great things to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank NaderProperties
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Everyone should see the Sept 11th display. The animals are great. Carousel for the kids and family. It’s a great museum to spend a few hours in

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank BonnieM794
Reviewed November 8, 2018 via mobile

This museum was a wonderful surprise. There’s so much to see and lots of information to take in from the Erie Canal to the World Trade Center, a mastodon to an Iroquois long house and much, much more. I wished we’d had more time to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank susanhT2216DU
Reviewed November 8, 2018

However much time you have to spare, this is a great place to visit and there is so much to see and learn about. Don't miss the opportunity for a ride on the carousel on the top floor, they are free but you are encouraged...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank UK_Baseball_Fans
Reviewed November 7, 2018

Always a great time. There is something for everyone from the Sesame Street neighborhood to the Indian Village to Old New York and the immigrants and skyscrapers to the moving World Trade exhibit. And the best thing is it is all free for all to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Jane M
View more reviews
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 50 nearby hotels
Renaissance Albany Hotel
318 reviews
.33 miles away
Hilton Albany
1,404 reviews
.44 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Albany Downtown
395 reviews
.49 miles away
TownePlace Suites Albany Downtown/Medical Center
184 reviews
.57 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 755 nearby restaurants
The City Beer Hall
221 reviews
.36 miles away
Wellington's
105 reviews
.34 miles away
Cafe Capriccio
193 reviews
.30 miles away
El Mariachi Mexican Restaurant
167 reviews
.18 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 108 nearby attractions
New York State Capitol
753 reviews
.35 miles away
Washington Park
344 reviews
.49 miles away
Albany Institute of History & Art
148 reviews
.50 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Craig R
May 19, 2017|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from pnaw10 | Reviewed this property |
First, a quote from the museum website, then my additional commentary: "Parking is available in the two lots adjacent to the Museum, both accessed from Madison Avenue. Prior to 10:00 a.m., the weekday parking fee is $10... More
2
Votes
mrsnancyf
May 17, 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from pnaw10 | Reviewed this property |
Google "New York State Museum" for their website, and then click "Visit" in the main menu to see hours (open daily except Mondays) and links to detailed information about parking. I'd paste a link here, but TripAdvisor... More
0
Votes
labwesternNY
January 27, 2017|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from RetiredTravelerTN | Reviewed this property |
We did not stay in the downtown area due to cost, but we did arrive downtown early in the day and easily parked at the New York State Museum visitor parking ($10 for the day). The parking lot did fill by mid/late morning... More
1
Vote