New York State Museum, Albany

4.6
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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  • The New York State Museum was wonderfully informative on all aspects of New York, from art to geography to history. I also visited the library up to which was interesting and had amazing views. Finall...  more »
  • This museum is a catch-all for the entire state in terms of both human history and natural history. There are maybe more exhibits on New York City than a person visiting a museum in Albany might be ex...  more »
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  • Had an amazing time here with a friend while visiting Albany. Abundant free parking (on weekends) within short walking distance was great too. So many exhibits to see and of such great variety! We ended up spending almost all day there which is always a good sign for a museum.
  • Marvelous old restored carrousel. Wonderful A train subway car. They also have an excellent gem and rock exhibit. Great for kids but education for adults. They also have an exhibit of the world trade center artifacts. Very moving.

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