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: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Review Highlights
Free of charge, amazing

Very well planned and well kept. Many interesting artifacts; the museum shows the past and the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Sao Paulo, Brasil
Excellent experience for all

If you're in Albany, come here for a wonderful, educational, and fun time for the whole family. I... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Linda B
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States
Read all 1,001 reviews
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”(51 reviews)
“new york”(227 reviews)
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
Closed Now
Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
See all hours
Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12230
+1 518-474-5877
Improve This Listing
Top Selling Tours & Activities in and around Albany
from $20.00
More Info
from $269.00
More Info
Reviews (1,001)
Filter reviews
970 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
More languages
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 all ages interesting exhibits fourth floor ice age moving exhibit suggested donation few hours
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 970 reviews
Reviewed yesterday

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 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed November 29, 2018 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 November 27, 2018

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 November 18, 2018 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 November 17, 2018 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
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 50 nearby hotels
Renaissance Albany Hotel
324 reviews
.33 miles away
Hilton Albany
1,413 reviews
.44 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Albany Downtown
395 reviews
.49 miles away
TownePlace Suites Albany Downtown/Medical Center
186 reviews
.57 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 760 nearby restaurants
The City Beer Hall
222 reviews
.36 miles away
Cafe Capriccio
194 reviews
.30 miles away
106 reviews
.34 miles away
El Mariachi Mexican Restaurant
167 reviews
.18 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 108 nearby attractions
New York State Capitol
758 reviews
.35 miles away
Washington Park
345 reviews
.49 miles away
Albany Institute of History & Art
149 reviews
.50 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
December 26, 2018|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from jerrybacchus | Reviewed this property |
Can you elaborate please
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
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
Travel Forum Posts
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.