New York State Museum

New York State Museum, Albany: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, New York State Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

New York State Museum
4.5
Natural History Museums • Nature & Wildlife Areas • History Museums
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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4.5
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41 contributions
Awesome
Apr 2021 • Family
I love the museum. There's always something new every year and the staff are always polite. Great place.
Written April 19, 2021
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nomaadic_tiffany
Brooklyn, NY79 contributions
Tourist Staple when visiting Albany
Jan 2020
the NYS museum is fairly small but has tons of good information and cool NY art worth seeing, If you're visiting the Albany area it's one of the place you should add to your list to see
Written December 6, 2020
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Mike D
Lexington, KY70 contributions
More interesting than most museums.
Dec 2019
NY resident or not, this is a wonderful trip through NY history and the different regions the Empire State offers in general.
Written October 20, 2020
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GoPlayOutside19
Monroe, CT232 contributions
Poor
Aug 2020 • Couples
After checking the website and calling on the phone to make sure they were open, we drove an hour only to find a note on the door, closed during COVID!
In this age of technology I found it so upsetting that no one could update the website or phone message. We certainly were not the only ones trying to get in. The state should be ashamed of themselves!
Written August 4, 2020
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Jerome M
Gary, IN1,438 contributions
Huge and Historical - Must See
Jun 2019
This place is huge and well worth the time you spend in it. The museum is free. There are exhibits on just about every subject. The beginning of time, the Indian diorama, saw mills, sports and the Nine Eleven exhibits are just a few of things to see. There is a cafetria in the building for those who need something to eat. You can spend your whole day at this museum. Give yourself plenty of time so that you don't miss anything. There is a lot of walking.
Written May 30, 2020
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Steveage
Rexburg, ID3,269 contributions
Free and Amazing
Sep 2019
My wife's ancestors were some of the first European settlers to settle in North America. These people, from Holland came here to Fort Orange, they settled right here between this museum and the Hudson River. The museum had a special on the excavation of this early 1600's settlement. It was so well done! The museum is vast, it's free! We parked on the road out in front. I have to say these four UGLY gigantic buildings across the street - What city planner wanted "The Empire" in Star Wars for a motif!? This is maybe the ugliest city I have ever seen. Anyway, the museum is great!
Written April 26, 2020
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Bob Evans
Toronto, Canada6 contributions
Lots to see
Mar 2020 • Family
Fantastic museum with a huge variety of exhibits. Top notch. We went in expecting to get through in an hour or so, but ended up spending 4 hours. Very informative.
Written March 13, 2020
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K_Aeagle
East Meadow, NY64 contributions
While in Albany
Feb 2020 • Couples
Based on previous low rated reviews I wasn’t sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised. My husband and I enjoyed our visit. The museum was not dark and dreary as some stated. It is small, which I liked. We spent about an hour there. We found many exhibits interesting. Growing up in the suburbs of NYC, we found the old subway train nostalgic and the 9/11 exhibit emotional. Many families were there since there was a special fossil activity for children. I recommend visiting this museum.
Written February 17, 2020
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GypsyJules1111
Albany, NY15 contributions
A day out with my 3 year old son
Jan 2020 • Family
We always enjoy visiting the NY State Museum, from the vast selection of exhibits, children’s play/ learning room, cafe & the top floor carousel, there is always more than enough to see & do to capture the interest & attention of my young son & his mom too! We highly recommend visiting here!
Written February 11, 2020
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NYKP123
15 contributions
Always Fascinating
Oct 2019 • Family
I love museums and this one is definately worth the visit. It's pretty large, so even though we have been there 3 times in 2 years, there's always a reason to go back and more to see. It's definately not as modern as some of the other state museums I've been to, but it does a good job with everything specific to New York. It has a very moving tribute to 9/11 and the first time we visited we spent quite a bit of time at that exhibit. On our 2nd visit we noticed a 9/11 construction site trailer that had become a memorial, but it was located on the opposite side of the museum (maybe for purposes of space). Be sure not to miss that as it's very moving. My daughter was looking for dinosaur exhibits and there isn't much in that catagory, but some interesting and educational extinct wildife exhibits including a reconstructed Mastodon.
The train car that you can walk through on it's platform really brings you back in time, and the history of immigrants and life in New York back at the turn of the last Century is my favorite part, complete with examples of old buildings & tenement housing, and store fronts and restaurants that are set up as if you are peering into a window through time.
The gift shop is top notch, but we always seem to miss the upstairs cafe since it has limited hours.
We love this museum and if you visit in summer there is a beautiful memorial fountain to all New Yorkers who served in WWII outside that is very large and spectacular.
My only wish is that there could be restaurants nearby.
Written January 18, 2020
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  • Tue - Sun 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM