The New York State Museum is the nation's oldest and largest state museum. Lots of art and artifacts both prehistoric and historic that reflect NY State's cultural, natural, and geographical development.
I remember going to this museum when I was a little girl! My mom and I took my son when he was 2. We went on a hot day and it was a perfect "beat the heat" activity for all of us. I especially liked the 9/11 tribute exhibit. Kids will love the Sesame Street area. Lots of fun in the children's spot with hands on games and activities. All Free!
My daughter loved this museum, we took her when she was only 18 months and she loved seeing all the exhibits, she really loved the carousel!!!and best of all its free, you can donate if you would like, we usually give 5 dollars every time we go. It also is good for older kids who are into history.
The only museum I liked as a kid growing up. The children's section is incredibly thorough and engaging with lots of activities. I loved the dinosaur exhibit as a kid, and the bites of old New York history like the fire truck and a subway train car and such.
This is a good-sized, fun museum to bring anyone visiting Albany to see. It's fun to go by yourself and revisit your favorite exhibits! It's free to get into, and the museum encompasses all the fun facts and history about NY-- the prehistoric geography of the state , the rocks commonly found here, the Native American histories, the post-colonial industries, the animals of NY, and the growth of NY's urban environments are all included in this fun little place! Stop by here, grab a bite to eat for lunch at some of the great places nearby, and you have a fun, low-stress afternoon!