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New York State Museum, Albany
(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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  • 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 car...  more »
  • We visited the Museum last year, as we have done for many years and we always find it exciting, educating and a place of peace. Make the trip, spend some time, you won't be disappointed 
  • Nothing to write home about, it's ok but wish the old museum was still here, disappointed with this one. 
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  • One of my favorite FREE places to bring friends to when they visit. It's got a great collection of exhibits of pretty much everything related to New York state from prehistoric dinosaurs, to the Great Depression, to Sesame Street, to 911. It's also in a great location as you can explore Empire State Plaza and the Governor's Mansion afterward.
  • 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!
  • Amazing views 4 floors a great 911 section uh to die for I absolutely love it i would go there over and over and over again
  • 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.
  • This is a gem in the Capital Region. Admission is free and there is something to see for both children and adults. They have a real subway car that you can go into and the diaromas of NYS animals are well put together.