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New York State Museum

Open today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Great exhibits filled with NY History and Wildlife and Art

There is indeed something for everyone to see and enjoy at the NYS Museum. I love to bring out of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Albany, New York
Nice Visit and Interesting 9/11 Exhibit

The exhibits were all on the first floor. It was a nice visit. Very clean and quiet. Had nice... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Scott W
New York City, New York
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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...more
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Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12230
+1 518-474-5877
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There is indeed something for everyone to see and enjoy at the NYS Museum. I love to bring out of town guests AND ride the carousel.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank SherWillow
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The exhibits were all on the first floor. It was a nice visit. Very clean and quiet. Had nice exhibits about 9/11, the history of NY State and the Indians that settled in NY. Also they have a old NYC subway train car there. Definitely...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Scott W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great place to travel to when it's raining outside and you want to learn about the history of New York State. There's a great 9/11 exhibit of what exactly happened during such a tragic time. There's an old train exhibit and fake...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank c66yeung
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I’ve seen more interactive, interesting museums. That begins said this was a decent museum. Nicely put together. Got family outing place.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank amyp896
Reviewed January 18, 2019

Very well planned and well kept. Many interesting artifacts; the museum shows the past and the present of NY state. It is not paid to visit it.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Tata_Paulista
Reviewed January 7, 2019

If you're in Albany, come here for a wonderful, educational, and fun time for the whole family. I came with my daughter & son-in-law. A great way to spend an afternoon on a gloomy day!! No admission fee, just make a donation!! The highlight for...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Linda B
Reviewed December 23, 2018 via mobile

It's the best for all ages. A great facility and the carousel on4th floor is a super treat for everyone and you can see the Capital from each side.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Marion F P
Reviewed December 21, 2018

This museum has something for everyone. It is a comprehensive museum about the entire state of New York. Please visit.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kuvasz15
Reviewed December 11, 2018

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 December 3, 2018

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
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December 26, 2018|
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Response from jerrybacchus | Reviewed this property |
Can you elaborate please
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May 19, 2017|
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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
May 17, 2017|
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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
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Corbin G
Holyoke, Massachusetts
Just got back from Saratoga. Some quick thoughts (3 Replies)
Came up from the CT garlic festival in Bethlehem CT. My breath probably did not smell the best the rest of the day, but I digress. I chose this section to post this in because this is where our hotel was but we did spend a lot of the time not in Saratoga. We stayed at the Longfellow in a King Suite. This was easily one of the biggest and best rooms I have ever stayed in for the price. Absolutely fantastic room. Employees were good, parking was easy. Only small complaint I have is that...More
October 13, 2017|
Response fromrjr0810|
Thanks for posting. Glad you had an enjoyable time.
New York State Museum (4 Replies)
Staying overnight before catching train to Poughkeepsie, would like to know is 3 hrs enough to see all of Museum.
February 20, 2011|
Response fromjennyams|
I definitely think you can get a good sense of it in 3 hours.