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New York State Museum, Albany

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Must see · Natural History Museum · History Museum
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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  • We stopped here out of curiosity while on our way home, and while the building itself is reminiscent of the 1980s starkly-modern faze, the museum interior is super fascinating and well worth a visit.....  more »
  • Features a tremendous amount of N.Y history and nice free exhibitions. Be ready to spend a few hours inside.  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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