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Address: Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12230
Phone Number: +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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Fascinating museum covering all of New York, not just the city. Parking is nearby and fully accessible.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Coxsackie, New York
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Coxsackie, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Fascinating museum covering all of New York, not just the city. Parking is nearby and fully accessible.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This museum is located downtown Albany NY near the government Capitol (new and old) and 'The Egg' building. The museum has free entrance and cheap parking on the side. It has rooms about the history of New York State and City, with some indian culture artifacts. It has a lot of animals in their reconstructed habtat, a large stone collection,... More 

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Vero Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This as a lovely museum for both adults and children. Admission is free, but they take donations (and it is totally with a $10 donation). The first floor is designed in a large circle, with multiple sections. The 911 area is well done and very thought provoking. On the 4th floor is a children's carousel, also free. Take a few... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A tourist visiting the New York State all the way from Indiana. A lovely state museum that offers free admission. The building itself is a little run down, but overall a great activity for kids and adults alike.

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NJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed walking around this museum. There were many rooms filled with interesting items from around the state. They have animals, and even an area about the 9-11 tragedy.

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redditch
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Free. Good for a rainy day. Plenty to see for adults and kids. Great fire engine collection! Interesting New York history but shame Albany itself is missed out.

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Nashville, TN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

History, wildlife, and industry are all on display through the exhibits at the New York State Museum. Everything is presented in an attractive and professional way. I really liked the firetruck exhibit and the September 11 exhibit. Visitors can easily spend 2 - 3 hours to make the most of the museum. Unfortunately, we had to rush through in about... More 

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Clifton Park, New York, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum isn't flashy, but it has wonderful artifacts and displays of all periods of New York history. Their 9/11 display is moving. Sit in the longhouse at the back of the museum. The native bird displays are really interesting, especially for birdwatchers. Take your kids to the interactive discovery room. There are also very good temporary art exhibits.

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Niagara Falls, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dont miss this museum. Has much to offer and is well laid out. Easy to find with no addmission. A real bonus.

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Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We are from Pennsylvania and were surprised at the size and quality of this museum. There are lots of NY natural and social history exhibits.There are things for children to do including a working carousel on the 4th floor. There is no entrance fee, just an optional donation.

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