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New York State Museum

Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12230
+1 518-474-5877
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Interesting collections meandering layout

Definitley worth doing and lots of interesting stuff. Not very interactive so not great for young... read more

Reviewed yesterday
illysez
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Plainview, New York
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A Great Place to Visit

This is a great place to visit which will give you both recent history of our state as well as long... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Terry T
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Albany, New York
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Under the leadership of the New York State Education Department, this museum and research center preserves New York State's artistic, social, historical and environmental legacies through such exhibits as "Native Peoples of New York," "The Cohoes Mastodont" and "Black Capital: Harlem in the 20s."
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  • Very good29%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12230
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Definitley worth doing and lots of interesting stuff. Not very interactive so not great for young kids (though they do have a young kids discovery center). Wish the layout was a bit more cohesive, but definitely worth doing.

Thank illysez
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place to visit which will give you both recent history of our state as well as long past history. It is also a great place to take friends and family from out of state.

Thank Terry T
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One floor of great exhibits. Touching display honouring those who suffered at theWorld Trade Centre. History of development of New York City and much about local region. Very enjoyable.

Thank Ian H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum was a great experience for the students, especially viewing the local areas and history. The staff was pleasant and helpful

Thank chairessr
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the museum on a Saturday while spending some time in Albany. The exhibits of mammoths and mastodons were fascinating, with a lot of explanatory material and a full size mastodon skeleton composed of actual remains supplemented with simulated bones. Very interesting, as was...More

Thank Richard D
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

there's alot to see in this museum. We enjoyed it best just wandering and looking at things of interest in more detail. When the kids wanted to go to the carousel, we had trouble finding our way, there were escalators that took us to closed...More

1  Thank vmcmar956257
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice museum. The staff are friendly. The displays, though not that plenty, are well kept and show why New York is New York. A definite must stop in Albany.

Thank alberttc2017
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I enjoyed walking through this and learn about all sorts of things. The content varied a lot, and they'd done a great effort to present it in interesting ways, even for kids who might be dragged along. And the building itself is stunning from the...More

Thank Lars D
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The New York State Museum is great place for both adults and children. My kids and I not only had a fantastic time, but we all learned a lot.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum (closed Mondays') is a MUST visit on your trip to the State capitol - 7 minutes walk from the capitol building which you can do through the square or underground. The museum is housed mainly on the first floor, and there is A...More

Thank wolfman2014
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Craig R
20 May 2017|
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Response from pnaw10 | Reviewed this property |
First, a quote from the museum website, then my additional commentary: "Parking is available in the two lots adjacent to the Museum, both accessed from Madison Avenue. Prior to 10:00 a.m., the weekday parking fee is $10... More
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mrsnancyf
18 May 2017|
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Google "New York State Museum" for their website, and then click "Visit" in the main menu to see hours (open daily except Mondays) and links to detailed information about parking. I'd paste a link here, but TripAdvisor... More
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labwesternNY
28 January 2017|
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We did not stay in the downtown area due to cost, but we did arrive downtown early in the day and easily parked at the New York State Museum visitor parking ($10 for the day). The parking lot did fill by mid/late morning... More
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