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Welcome to the New York State Museum

For all of the educators, caregivers, and students looking for engaging and educational activities to do right from home, look no further! This portal brings together many of the museum’s resources, including links to our virtual “Fieldtrips,” digital collections, online resources, and fun activities for kids based on the museum’s research and collections. Content on this page will be updated often, so be sure to check back for new information and activities!



Virtual Programs at the NYSM

Join us for new virtual programs in October:
10/1: Story Art + Fall Wreaths

Missed something last month? Check out our September programs here:
9/4: Virtual Tour of Windows of New York
9/11: Virtual Tour of the World Trade Center Exhibit
9/14: Gwen Saul Interviews Rematriation Magazine Editor-In-Chief, Michelle Schenandoah

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New York State COVID-19 Documentation Initiative

The New York State COVID-19 Documentation Initiative coordinates the documentation of the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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NYSM Women of Science!

This August, we are taking our popular Women of Science program online! During several virtual sessions, you will be able to learn from female scientists and staff about their area of study, collections, and career paths. 

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Teacher Guides & Activities for Students

Find lesson plans for activities about Fort Orange and Women's Suffrage, as well as other educational links and resources, all available from our main NYSM education page.

Featured Online Exhibit

Votes for Women Online

Votes for Women

Votes for Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial honors the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York State and raises awareness of the struggle for equal rights up through the present day.



NYSM Collections

The NYSM houses millions of objects, artifacts, fossils, and documents within separate collections. Learn more about each of the collections below:






Featured Fall Program: Haudenosaunee Worldview and its influence on the American Women’s Suffrage Movement

Join NYSM curators Ashley Hopkins-Benton and Dr. Gwen Saul in conversation with Michelle Schenandoah (Oneida Nation) about this significant part of women’s suffrage history, the roles of Haudenosaunee women today, and Michelle’s foundational work for Rematriation Magazine.

View all past Online Programs from the NYSM here:


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Tour the NYS Education Building in 360 Degrees!

Join NYSM Educators as they take you on 360 degree tours of the New York State Education Building! From the Rotunda and Regents Room to the replica Liberty Bell, learn all about the history and architecture of this historic state building. 


Around the Museum in a Minute

It takes just 60 seconds to learn about Mary Elizabeth Banning’s stunning watercolors from the manuscript, “The Fungi of Maryland.”

Visit the NYSM YouTube Channel for more 60-second spotlights:


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Museum Moments

The New York State Museum invites you inside its research labs, into the collections, behind the scenes of exhibitions, and to explore other aspects of its work. (NYSM on YouTube)


Gallery Tour: World Trade Center: Rescue, Recovery, Response
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World Trade Center Commuters - The Kristen Artz Collection

The NYSM recently received this collection of photographs documenting morning commuters entering the World Trade Center Mall weeks prior to the attacks of September 11, 2001.

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Teacher's Guide: The World Trade Center - Rescue, Recovery, Response

This guide can be used in conjunction with the NYSM's exhibit on the World Trade Center, or separately to provide you with methods for how students can record and document the story of current events.

World Trade Center Ongoing Exhibition

Online Feature: The World Trade Center: Rescue, Recovery, Response

View additional information about the NYSM's exhibit The World Trade Center: Rescue, Recovery, Response through this online feature detailing the history of the World Trade Center, the September 11 attacks, the rescue efforts, the evidence recovery operation, and the public response to the September 11th events. 

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On View: WTC Artifacts

A display of World Trade Center artifacts will be on view in the NYSM lobby through Wednesday, September 16. While the museum facility remains closed to the public, the display can be viewed outside while socially distancing during our closure.



Connect with PBS!

Resources for Young Children on Race, Racism, and more:

Explore films and new specials focused on race:

Teachers! Check out these free standards-aligned videos, interactives, and lesson plans:

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Talking About Race

Starting a conversation about race can be difficult. The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture created the online portal "Talking about Race" with tools for individuals, caregivers, and educators. We hope these resources can continue the dialogue.


Make Your Own Paper Beads
Painted Turtles
Prickly Paper Porcupines
Make Your Own Mosaic!

"Home" Work!

These themed activities are perfect for educators, caregivers, and students looking for fun ways to stayed engaged at home.

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Photographing the Adirondacks

Learn about famed photographer, Seneca Ray Stoddard, and then make your own pinhole “camera” viewer!

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Maritime Fun and the Half Moon!

Learn more about the journey of the Half Moon (de Halve Maen) and what life was like for the sailors aboard. Introduce your kids to basic nautical vocabulary with games and activities! Have students


Fun with Fossils

Learn about the New York State Museum's fossil collections and then make your own fossil egg!

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Erie Canal

The Erie Canal was built using the science of simple machines. Learn more about New York State's great canal and then make your own simple machine!

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Minerals Rock!

Have your kids learn about minerals from New York and then grow their own crystal structure!

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Fun with Architecture

Enjoy these architecturally-focused activities!

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Whale-tastic Activities

Learn about the NYSM right whale and do an experiment with blubber!