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Address: Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12230
Phone Number: 518-474-5877
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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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immerse yourself in history

having been to many of the museums in the major cities of the northeast, I must say I was impressed with the layout of this one. It walks one through the beginnings of the Hudson... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Lenox, Massachusetts
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Lenox, Massachusetts
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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

having been to many of the museums in the major cities of the northeast, I must say I was impressed with the layout of this one. It walks one through the beginnings of the Hudson valley and Adirondacks, natives, trade, war, commerce, etc, beautifully displayed. when we went they had a 911 tribute as well as the reality of the... More 

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Quebec City, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

History of the state and some special exhibit on 9/11. You spend one hour and you have seen most of it.

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Syracuse, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is my second visit to the museum. There is so much to see and learn. You can follow the history of the state from the earliest days to modern times. Certainly worth the visit!

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Thank endlessmuse
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Two out-of-towners with an hour and a half to kill in downtown Albany on a Saturday afternoon could hardly find a more educational, but fun way to spend the time. And the price, at FREE, was right. It's a good starting point for the history of the state. Exhibits include: prehistoric times, wildlife (past and present), colonial era, Adirondacks region,... More 

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Schenectady
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I was pleasantly surprised by how the museum and staff went out of their way to provide the wedding party and guest with a beautiful place to celebrate....Everything was done perfectly! I was an invited guest and will always cherish the experience.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I saw more in this museum than any other I have ever been in and it was FREE! (donations were gladly accepted) Nicely put together and not very crowded. We were surprised to see the 9/11 exhibit. It was a humbling experience, so glad we found this museum on our walk. We were missing for hours. Don't forget take a... More 

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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is quite nice with good exhibits. The Native American exhibits were very informative and well organized. The local Adirondack information was also quite nice and the 911 memorial is well done.

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new york
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a great find, something my kids remembered from a school field trip that we revisited this year. Wonderful exhibits, not crowded and it was free! Road the carousel, and they especially enjoyed the Native American exhibits. Area around the Capital is a little sketchy but the museum itself was a great way to pass the morning.

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Worthington, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We live in Western Mass. and it's just a short drive to Albany. We know if our state offered this it would cost admission and NY only ask for a donation. Thank You! Give 4-5 hours to see it all. The history of the state, natural history, industrial history, 9-11 history, it covers it all. Offers a carrousel ride, gift... More 

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Schenectady, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is worth the visit. There is no set fee to get in they do have a donation box for you to set your own cost to get in. The museum had a wide variety of displays to interest visitors. From Sesame Street to 9/11 display, from minerals to the native Americans.

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