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New York State Museum

Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12230
+1 518-474-5877
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Gems are Found In Unlikely Spots

Diamonds are found in unusual places and that is a great analogy for this amazing museum. Located... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Steve T
Sayville, New York
Museum Was Closed Holiday Weekend

We walked up all the stairs (great workout area) walked around the building saw the NYSP exhibits... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Rochester, 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 1 week ago

Diamonds are found in unusual places and that is a great analogy for this amazing museum. Located in Albany, the museum is one of the most varied and interactive museums you'll ever come across in any single location. We entered and started through the Modern...More

Thank Steve T
Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked up all the stairs (great workout area) walked around the building saw the NYSP exhibits on the main floor Beautiful Carousel in the back window area of the Museum

Thank Breezy203
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wanted to do something different besides "just lunch" w/a 96 yr old...very easy to get around, not crowded. Easy to park($5) security in the museum friendly and helpful.

Thank norinem2017
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is considered a "gem" by the AAA Tourbook, and it is indeed worthy, with many beautiful, interesting exhibits. We had only two hours (after losing half an hour struggling to get to it) so we focused on the right-hand side of the bottom...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I wish we had allotted more time to explore this fabulous museum. We were on our way back from Vermont & decided to stop and check it out. we were blown away with the exhibits and the spaciousness of the museum. The displays, audios and...More

Thank Cyndi D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took our grandsons (ages 8 and 12) to the museum and hoped that they would be interested in some of the exhibits. They loved everything about the museum. The younger boy found many things that intrigued him and the older boy, who was a...More

Thank Arthur H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Here is where any one can step back in time, some of it not so far back and for some. Their where some moments that really touched us when we were at the museum. Very well done great visit

Thank glynnis03
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a fun place to visit at anytime, especially since it is free! (but donations are always helpful) And it is always nice and clean. I have gone on the weekends, during the week, and sometimes hop over for a lunch break just to...More

Thank Alyssa R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very pleasantly surprised on how nice and well presented this place was. Clean, up to date and very well maintained. To top it all off, it is free, which in New York is very rare. worth the trip and on top of there, there is...More

Thank vlcnyc21
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I brought 35 middle school students here and we all had a blast. I'd forgotten how wonderful this museum is.

Thank Amanda L
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Craig R
19 May 2017|
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Response from Ian L | Reviewed this property |
pnaw10's answer is an excellent rundown on this. If you zoom in very tightly on the map, you'll see the parking indicated on the map to the west of the museum. If the lot is full, exit the lot by the back (Myrtle Avenue... More
18 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