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!
AROUND THE NYSM
Featured Online Exhibit
The NYSM houses millions of objects, artifacts, fossils, and documents within separate collections. Learn more about each of the collections below:
» NATIVE AMERICAN ETHNOGRAPHY
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: www.youtube.com/nysmuseum
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: www.youtube.com/nysmuseum
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.
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.
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.
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:
Download one of these fun and engaging activities today to keep those little ones busy and bright!
- Coloring: Dr. Mary Walker (PDF)
- Coloring: Firetruck (PDF)
- Coloring: Eurypterid (PDF)
- Coloring: Canal Packetboat (PDF)
- Coloring: Biplane (PDF)
- Coloring: Carousel Horse (PDF)
- Coloring: Beaver Family (PDF)
- Coloring: Black Bear Family (PDF)
- Coloring: Adirondack Moose (PDF)
- Coloring: Mastodon Family (PDF)
- Backyard Scavenger Hunt (PDF)
These themed activities are perfect for educators, caregivers, and students looking for fun ways to stayed engaged at home.
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