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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. 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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  • Easy to get around and dedicated to NYS history and culture. Some exhibits are tired and need refurb. Not much that we haven't seen elsewhere.  more »
  • Visited here and was totally blown away by the exhibits displayed. The history of the New York area is represented by amazing diaramas and artifacts. Very educational and interesting.  more »
  • I first visited this museum in May 2016 but returned in May 2017 to see what was new. I again was impressed with how well the exhibits (both permanent and rotating) are at showing the history of New Y...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A really great museum sharing the culture and history of new York City and the state as a whole. The exhibits are built to engage both young and old making it great for any age, and the 1914 carousel with handcrafted horses from the 1800's is a must ride. Top it all off with the incredible architecture of not just the museum but the entire government plaza and you can easily make a day of it or come over and over. Amazingly its also all entirely free. I applaud the state.
  • I grew up coming here and brought my wife here when we moved back to the area. Such a wonderful place with great information about our state and country. Some exhibits have not changed at all since I was little.