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Address: Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12230
Phone Number: 518-474-5877
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9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Very enjoyable for a non museum goer.

We spent several hours wandering through exceptionally well designed themed areas focusing on the recent NY history back to stone age artifacts. Our 6yr old granddaughter was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We spent several hours wandering through exceptionally well designed themed areas focusing on the recent NY history back to stone age artifacts. Our 6yr old granddaughter was captivated by the Native American portion, and the Mammoth skeleton. Taking the escalator to the 4th floor, we all rode the carousel for a little unexpected diversion. Lots to see and do. I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Big and spacious inside with special emphasis on Adirondack logging, minerals of NY, wildlife of NY, native peoples of NY, archeology of Albany, and 911. The minerals of NY exhibit leverages the best of over 10,000 samples. The displays are state-of-the-art. The Native Peoples of NY exhibit shows a typical wooden lodge that is huge. There is not much hands... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We have visited the State Museum since my kids were young and also my grand kids. It is an awesome place to be on a rainy day (or sunny). The kids have lots to explorer and it never gets old, although the kids do! They lose interest after their teen years but then there are many other historical sites around... More 

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Contains. Replicas and scenes of life end times of the Iroquois Nation. Plus. Artifacts of 9/11 and many many other beautiful displays historic carousel on top floor great for kids

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Wonderful place for children as well as adults. Excellent exhibits. Family oriented activities. The Chocolate Festival was a tasty treat!

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Troy, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

When in the tri-city area try the NYS Musuem it never gets old.I spent 35 years as an employee in Albany and averaged about 3 times per week and never could I get enough.The charge is a donation with a covered box.The exhibits are always changing.A few of the permanent are the 911,Subway cars,NYC in the old days,Fire engines,and the... More 

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Stanhope, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For the diversity of categories covered, felt it fell a bit short as a museum. Was however a great way to get out of the sun and learn a bit about a lot to do with NY.

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

On a recent visit to the New York State Museum I was pleasantly surprised to see that in the few years since I had last visited there had been major changes in the museum's exhibits with more to come. The museum staff has created a dynamic institution that will keep people wanting to come back if for no other reason... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is great for families to learn a bit and kill some time. And don't forget to check out the carousel!!! Super cool

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Woodstock, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On a recent hot day, my son and I decided to take a trip up to Albany from Woodstock to visit the State Museum. We weren't disappointed as it has some very interesting exhibitions including one about the American West curated with works of art from the Metropolitan Museum collection. In addition, there are NYS site specific exhibits like an... More 

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