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New York State Museum

Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12230
+1 518-474-5877
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Oh, yes!

What a fantastic museum, we could have spent the whole day here. If we'd arrived much earlier... read more

Reviewed yesterday
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Great, inexpensive activity

This was my first time visiting the museum and I was relieved to know that admission was a... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Sami E
Brookville, 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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  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12230
+1 518-474-5877
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

What a fantastic museum, we could have spent the whole day here. If we'd arrived much earlier! The history and culture of New York State laid out in the most wonderful way. A special exhibit on the top floor of a beautifully restored carousel. Just...More

Thank cecihad
Reviewed 3 days ago

This was my first time visiting the museum and I was relieved to know that admission was a suggested donation (being a frugal college student). There was enough to see to keep my boyfriend and I busy for two hours. The layout is confusing and...More

Thank Sami E
Reviewed 6 days ago

Loved this museum. Full of history and innovation. I learned so much. It's free but there is a donation box. I wish the museum was set up slightly differently because you have no natural order to walk through, but that was my only gripe. Otherwise...More

Thank Corbin G
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This museum is awesome. Beautifully laid out and easy to walk around it has some amazing artefacts. The section covering 9/11 is very moving and bought me to tears. The museum covers all aspects of New York State as well as the city. Covering the...More

Thank valma c
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is great for a family with kids. Plenty of stuff to keep the kids entertained for hours. There is also a carousel on the 4th floor, which runs once every 30 minutes or so. Best to drop bye and see when the ride...More

Thank lostinatlanta
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited this museum while we were in the city a week ago. We were all impressed by the great variety of topics displayed in this museum. The front desk staff is very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. The exhibitions are spread across 2 floors. We did...More

Thank Stephannie_11
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 surprised by the ease of access off...More

Thank every0ung
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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.

Thank Daniel S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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, artifacts, interactive exhibits, nature, videos, quotes, photos, and more....More

Thank 2onvacaton
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Admission is by donation. Time very well spent, Definitely a must see if in the area of Albany As well as New York state Capital. Love Albany, NY. I hope to visit again someday

Thank cheryl l
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Craig R
19 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
17 May 2017|
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Response from pnaw10 | Reviewed this property |
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
27 January 2017|
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Response from RetiredTravelerTN | Reviewed this property |
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