New York State Museum

Albany, NY

4 (5 reviews)

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Address: 222 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12230, USA Number: (518) 474-5877 Website Contact How do we get there?

What is there to do?

New York is an AMAZING place - not just the city, but the state too! Good thing there is the New York State Museum to introduce kids to all the amazing things that make up the state - from centuries ago to present day!

There are 12 new exhibits which appear that cover an incredible range of subjects, all on the amazing state of New York. 

There have been exhibitions that cover the history of the passenger pigeon, and there have been exhibitions on the stories that fell the day the World Trade Center also did. There are stories from the country's quiet revolutionaries, and there have been exhibitions on the history of nature.

There are also ongoing exhibitions that you can always go back and re-visit as you are heading back to experience all the new ones. Popular exhibits include the Birds Of New York, where you can see over 170 species of bird that all live in New York!

Kids can learn all about the celebrated American community that lived in the Harlem in the 1920s. They can also look beneath the city through the archaeological excavations that have been undertaken under Albany - did you know there was an early Dutch settlement in the area? You can explore this amazing history right at the New York State Museum!

Families had to be entertained even in the early 1900s, so make sure you check out the full-sized carousel that was made between 1912 and 1916, and the interactive map is always fun with real-time displays of earthquakes in New York (don't be worried kids - you might be surprised how many there are that you never feel a thing!)

And have you ever imagined being a fire fighter in the 18th century? Now's your chance at the Fire Engine Hall where you can see examples of various fire apparatus over the last 300 years. Can you imagine that it would be hard work? (We think so!)

An educational and fun day out for the whole family at the New York State Museum! 

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The carousel hours at 10am - 4:30pm

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The Discovery Room is a great place for those little ones with hands-on exhibits and play!

I'm Hungry!


It's New York! Grab something to eat before you arrive so you have a full tummy to learn on!

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Where is it at?

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They have school programs, and after school programs, as well as a hands-on room for little kids in the Discovery Room. Give them a call to register for your group!

Can I get one of those?


Save those pennies for the Museum Shop! Great for gifts or souvenirs to continue that education on the amazing history! Profits go towards the museum too!

Need a little extra help?


The museum is fully accessible - so everyone can enjoy it! There are wheelchairs for your use if you need them

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Baby Facilities

Strollers are available for your convenience at the Main Lobby Desk and baby changing in some restrooms

When can we go?

9:30am - 5pm Tuesday to Saturday

All year round. Closed Mondays and state-observed holidays

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