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Thomas Hart Benton
Through June 01, 2021
Windows on New York
Through March 01, 2021
Henry DiSpirito, Refugees (Mother and Child), c. 1953
Through January 31, 2021

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New Netherland Research and Collections in the Office of Cultural Education

Discover the wealth of documents, artifacts, furniture, and decorative arts from 17th century colonial Dutch settlements in what became New York that are housed within the State Archives, State Museum, and State Library.

Silk Beaded Bag by Ken Williams Jr. (front)

New Acquisition: Silk Beaded Bag by Kenneth Williams Jr. (Cattaraugus Seneca and Arapaho)

Ken Williams Jr.’s hand stitched silk and beaded bag pays tribute to the artistry of Seneca and Haudenosaunee beadwork in every detail.

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Online Resources & Activities Portal

Looking for easy-to-access educational activities, videos, and resources for your kids, students, or even just for yourself? Visit this educational one-stop-shop webpage based on NYSM research and collections.

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NYS COVID-19 Documentation Initiative

The NYS Office of Cultural Education has created the NYS COVID-19 Documentation Initiative website to help statewide organizations document, share, and support one another throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.


Statement by Chancellor Betty A. Rosa, the Board of Regents and Interim Commissioner Shannon Tahoe

"It is with heavy, broken hearts that we join our voices with those mourning the indefensible and tragic death of George Floyd. America’s greatness lies in our diversity, our tolerance, and our willingness to accept and welcome others."
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A New York Minute In History

This new podcast series provides a rich audio experience that explores the story of New York State and the unique tales of New Yorkers. 

Ice Ages

Ice Ages

This long-term exhibition explores both the landscape and animals of the Pleistocene, or Ice Ages, of New York.

Rendered view of museum renovation proposal

The State Museum is proud to share a master plan for the renovation of the Museum's galleries. The master plan calls for 35,000 square feet of new...

NYSED Statement on Museum Deaccessioning

The New York State Board of Regents (“the Regents”) charters museums in New York State as educational corporations and has governing authority over these incorporated organizations. Orgranizations with questions regarding deaccession regulations can review this document or contact Chartering.

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