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New York State Museum, Albany

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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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  • Plan on more than 3 hours for your trip. A great place to learn about the history of NY state. There so much to see and read, just plan enough time. And it was free admission, just donations... 
    Plan on more than 3 hours for your trip. A great place to learn about the history of NY state. There so much to see and read, just plan enough time. And it was free admission, just donations...  more »
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  • Very informative and well presented displays. All sections very neat, clean and catered for adults and kids. Kids were kept interested throughout the trip with the help of extremely realistic displays and in some areas with sound as well. The World Trade exhibition was an emotional but one of kind experience. This is a fantastic venue to visit with the family. All will enjoy
  • A great museum. The exhibits were amazing. There is a whole area dedicated to 9/11. Kids will definitely enjoy it. The museum is huge will definitely take some time to see everything. And the entry is free. You can donate if u want to. Staff is really helpful.

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