New York State Museum, Albany

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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. To find out how to plan a trip to Albany, use our trip itinerary maker.
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  • The New York State Museum was wonderfully informative on all aspects of New York, from art to geography to history. I also visited the library up to which was interesting and had amazing views. Finall...  more »
  • This museum is a catch-all for the entire state in terms of both human history and natural history. There are maybe more exhibits on New York City than a person visiting a museum in Albany might be ex...  more »
  • super museum! great fun day out for singles, family, friends! and free! The kids part is great for learning, fun activities, always great staff. Anyone visiting the Albany are should check the museum ...  more »
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  • Had an amazing time here with a friend while visiting Albany. Abundant free parking (on weekends) within short walking distance was great too. So many exhibits to see and of such great variety! We ended up spending almost all day there which is always a good sign for a museum.
  • Marvelous old restored carrousel. Wonderful A train subway car. They also have an excellent gem and rock exhibit. Great for kids but education for adults. They also have an exhibit of the world trade center artifacts. Very moving.
  • Great museum and certainly a worthwhile visit. Lots of different exhibits going through the different historical timeline since the pre historic time. There's also a good exhibit over the 911 event which is very well documented and exhibits. Best is admission is complimentary.
  • One of the best museum in capitol region. It your visiting empire State plaza don't miss to cost museum. It is very big museum. It has lot of collection of various monument. It has part of 911 twin towers structure were collected in that incident. I have spent almost 2 hours still it has lot to see in the museum. It vintage fire engines used from 1900 till now. And it is very attractive. Good for bring kids here. It has Grand Central architecture and it is very beautiful to see.
  • Been going here, since I was a kid. Still love it just as much, to this day. Great place for kids and adults alike. They have a really nice 9/11 section and tons of other awesome exhibits. I would highly recommend going here.
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