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New York State Museum, Albany

Categories: Natural History Museums, History Museums, Museums, Nature & Parks
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4.5/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web
Get a state-oriented perspective on everything from the natural world to human history and habitation at New York State Museum. Established in 1836 as the State Geological and Natural History Survey, it opened to the public in 1845. The vast first floor houses permanent and temporary exhibits. Metropolis Hall is devoted to New York City and allows you to visit Harlem in the 1920s, see a subway car, visit the 9/11 exhibit and examine a recreated Chinatown herbalist store. Stop by the Birds of New York display and the Native Peoples of New York exhibit, which focuses on the prehistoric and historic culture of the region. From here, you can head to the fourth floor and ride an antique carousel. With our world travel planner, Albany attractions like New York State Museum can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • There is free admission for kids is a lot of events in advance. The Museum is a Museum of Manhattan over the Washington Museum, but it's a good idea to watch with the kids. The 911 's Lady pictures and exhibits the wreckage when the situation openly. New York is a modern and contemporary are the leaders
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  • Stopping at the visitors desk made the New York State Museum visit, and indeed our Albany visit, a special endeavor. Our greeter gave wonderful advice regarding must-see and must-do venues of the muse...  read more »
  • A great place to take the Kids and see the great mix of Architecture. The museum tells the history of Albany and USA, and the surroundings are amazing. 
  • Take my daughter there all the time. Such a wonderful place! If you have children you should do some scavenger hunts from the children's discovery! Great stuff! Very safe and interesting all around!
  • Museum is free and has a wide range of exhibits, albeit fewer than I would expect of a State Museum,. The children's place was wonderful and my five year old loved it....many different activities. There is an exhibit memorializing the WTC attack which we walked though, and although it looked great and I would have liked to spend more time there, I haven't broached the subject of terrorism with my daughter yet. The museum has plenty for both adults and children. There is a free carousel ride which my child loved.
  • I love the exhibits here when I stop in for an afternoon of wandering every few months! Very informative stops, the traveling exhibits are always worth a visit, and the 9/11 exhibit is sombering while educational.
  • To me, one of the best museums in the world. We spent many hours there. We enjoyed every minute!
  • Great meuseum with an interesting 9/11 exhibit.
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