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October is New York State History Month!

Discover "historic" NYSM and state-wide programs, educational resources, videos, and more!

New York Minute in History

A New York Minute in History: Discovering the Nation’s “Founding Fossils”

Listen in to learn more about the 19th Century discovery of one of the earliest, if not the first, complete mastodon skeletons discovered in the U.S.


Now Online! Tonalism: Pathway from the Hudson River School to Modern Art

Briefly on view at the Museum in 2020, the exhibition closed early due to Covid-19. The lenders generously agreed to allow these works to be exhibited online indefinitely, giving viewers the chance to explore the exhibition at their leisure.

Singer industrial sewing machine, ca. 1972, collection of the NYSM.

New Acquisition: Industrial Sewing Machine

Beyond its obvious purpose, discover how this new acquisition also holds the stories of multiple individuals.

Tuck High

Dr. Jack Tchen Discusses Tuck High and Stories from NY Chinatown

Video of the compelling NYSM program, "Three New York Chinatown Stories at Tuck High" is now available online.

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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.

Timbuctoo: Gerrit Smith's Experiment

New Exhibit Feature: Timbuctoo: Gerrit Smith’s Experiment

Discover more about this new addition to Adirondack Hall, on view May 5, 2002, through December 31, 2022.

Clufffalo: Art Omi, 2017 by Charles Cough

On View: Charles Clough's "Clufffalo: Art Omi"

Charles Clough's monumental painting has just been installed in New York Hall. Learn more about this colossal collaboration!

Mohawk steelworker, 1970 by David Grant Noble

New Addition to New York Metropolis Hall

This riveting photographic series by David Grant Noble features Mohawk steelworkers on the job in 1970.


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Ice Ages

Ice Ages

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

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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.

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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