New York State Museum, Albany

4.6
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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  • October 4, 2017
    I think I read beforehand to allow 45 minutes to tour this museum. Not nearly enough time! We spent over two hours and didn't see it all. We were especially moved by the 9/11 display. I was pleasantly...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    We visited with a group. It was nice to see the exhibits. The did a great job setting them up. I have been here before years ago. I am glad I returned.  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    After touring the capital of NY we visited the NY State Museum. Wow. They go hand in hand and are well worth your time. This is a gargantuan building with numerous displays and jewels of history, arti...  more »
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  • July 4, 2017
    Free or not, this exhibit is worth the visit. There is so much to sample, like all of the rare rocks and stones of the New York area, preserved animals displayed in their habitat, and documentation on the development of New York City. On the top floor there is a functioning carousel over 100 years old for all ages to enjoy. Hours are easily spent here and exhibits are engaging. Highly recommend.
  • June 17, 2017
    Interesting museum. Heavy on geology and natural history of NY State. Really cool room with some old fire engines. Also a World Trade Center section with focus on the recovery after the attack. One of the iconic smashed fire engines is there with the story of its crew.
  • May 9, 2017
    Admission is "suggested donation," making this a cost effective outing for kids, even if budgets are tight. The carousel is always a hit, and the museum does a great job of providing fun things to keep kids interested. They change some of the exhibits regularly, so adults can find new interesting things there every few visits as well.
  • June 21, 2017
    I love coming here to see the ever changing exhibits. Parking can be a pain, if you use the meters make sure to be out there before the second it expires to avoid a parking ticket. Even being a minute late can cost ya. Its a great place to take the kids on a rainy day just to explore and it included a kid center.
  • June 7, 2017
    One of my favorite places to bring the kids. Entry is free but donations are appreciated. The beautifully restored carousel is a must do. Fun and educational for all ages.

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