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New York State Museum

Open today: 09:30 - 17:00
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Quick but Enjoyable

Not much specifically for the kiddos, but my 3-year old still had a wonderful time. The outside... read more

Reviewed yesterday
West Palm Beach
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Great place to visit

Everyone should see the Sept 11th display. The animals are great. Carousel for the kids and... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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...more
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Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12230
+1 518-474-5877
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 28 September 2008

The New York State Museum is operated by the New York State Department of Education. Its focus is on New York State social, cultural, natural, and historical artifacts. The splendid modern building houses expansive first and fourth floor exhibition galleries, a cafe, gift shop, and...More

5  Thank redeco
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 25 February 2013

Went for a visit on a Friday - by 11 am, there is no parking anywhere. Found a private lot a small distance away - not good when I had a handicapped passenger. The lot next to the museum needs more handicapped parking, which lost...More

2  Thank castlesara2010
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Not much specifically for the kiddos, but my 3-year old still had a wonderful time. The outside grounds have a lot to explore as well. My husband and I enjoyed learning more about NY and found it to be well kept with great things to...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Everyone should see the Sept 11th display. The animals are great. Carousel for the kids and family. It’s a great museum to spend a few hours in

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum was a wonderful surprise. There’s so much to see and lots of information to take in from the Erie Canal to the World Trade Center, a mastodon to an Iroquois long house and much, much more. I wished we’d had more time to...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

However much time you have to spare, this is a great place to visit and there is so much to see and learn about. Don't miss the opportunity for a ride on the carousel on the top floor, they are free but you are encouraged...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Always a great time. There is something for everyone from the Sesame Street neighborhood to the Indian Village to Old New York and the immigrants and skyscrapers to the moving World Trade exhibit. And the best thing is it is all free for all to...More

Thank Jane M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Many different exhibits to see- the history of immigrants to Ellis Is., animals, vintage fire engines, the old trolly bus, a moving section dedicated to 9/11,a SesameSt set up and much more. For old and young alike the top floor holds a century old carousel....More

Thank 740Elly48
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My wife and I collect blue-decorated stoneware and they had a 40 piece exhibit on display. We spent time reading every write-up and hope to return sometime in the future to see the balance of the collection. We checked out a few other exhibits and...More

Thank BCM1225
Reviewed 13 October 2018

This museum is free. It is well worth visiting and I might even say it should be compulsory. Here's the bad news... There are exhibition spaces on the first and fourth floors. I expect that the space on the fourth floor is used for temporary...More

Thank LXdaddy
Reviewed 10 October 2018

Based solely on my personal opinion, far and away the best part of the NYS Museum is the display commemorating the 911 terrorist attacks. The rest of the large museum is of moderate interest. For example, there is an excellent display of the dozens of...More

Thank Livefire17
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

Nice inexpensive way to spend an afternoon. Born and raised in the capital district it tends to get over looked as a place to go. Many programs are available or explore on your own . Parking is available and cafe for food. Across from Empire...More

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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