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Address: Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12230
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+1 518-474-5877
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09:30 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 09:30 - 17:00
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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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I went here with my wife and girls they have a free carousel upstairs for kids alot of education about upstate New York and Adirondack also 9/11 memorial is super and sad but... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I went here with my wife and girls they have a free carousel upstairs for kids alot of education about upstate New York and Adirondack also 9/11 memorial is super and sad but educational

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Thank Jesse a
Bangkok, Thailand
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Was there with my friend. We were intrigued with some preserved remnant of World trade center exhibition. Tragically reminded us of that day. Had so much fun and love to visit again.

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Thank dannytrotters
Albany, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a great museum. We take all of our family/friends when they come to visit us. It's a great place to visit during the winter. Plenty of space to walk around and explore. Attractions change on a regular basis. Nice (but very small) children's section. The carousel is a nice ride. Skip the cafe. Not worth the money.

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Thank 909amandae
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Every theme the museum executes is terrific. Only problem is, it's often closed on days most school-age children could go, like MLK day.

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Thank Joanne R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have gone several times over the years with varying age kids. Always informative, easy, enjoyable. Not overwhelming

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Thank Jennifer P
Hartwick, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I grew up in Albany in the 50's and 60's and still have fond memories of the predecessor museum. The new museum is still impressive and it's nice to have access to the library in the same building.

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Thank Tom P
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

has many changing exhibits and well worth multiple visits. parking can be challenging but over all we had a great time exploring this venue. i also took a 3rd grade class the the museum for a special hands on that all enjoyed. well presented for the age group

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Thank Transwizard
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We didn't go in due to our young child. Though outside is an amazing structure to visit, especially it is a nice surrounding. There is a outdoor skating place but maybe not cold enough, there was barriers surrounding the place.

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Slingerlands, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

guide was easy to understand the format flowed smoothly excellent hands on section geared for children

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice museum and fun, free activity on a rainy or cold day in Albany. The focus of the museum is New York State history. There is a mastadon exhibit that is very popular and there is a carousel on one of the upper levels.

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