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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Based on previous low rated reviews I wasn’t sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised. My husband and I enjoyed our visit. The museum was not dark and dreary as some stated. It is small... more »
We always enjoy visiting the NY State Museum, from the vast selection of exhibits, children’s play/ learning room, cafe & the top floor carousel, there is always more than enough to see & do to... more »
Excellent exhibits and they don't charge an entrance. Their exhibits were really interesting and a lot were focused on NYC history. Other areas focused on wildlife or Native Americans. The architecture of this building and the Plaza are really great sights to see. I was pleasantly surprised by the place and the kids enjoyed it. I eagerly donated to the place.
Awesome free museum to visit while in Albany. My brother even got married here! It turns out that it's an excellent venue for a wedding as well with stunning views of downtown Albany in the back drop! They'll even allow you to ride the carousel during a wedding reception :)
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