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This week at the museum

Children's Program
story art
October 02, 2015 :  11:00 A.M. - December 04, 2015 :  11:30 A.M.

Location:  Kids' Cove

Toddlers and preschoolers can enjoy the Museum by listening to a story, exploring objects from the teaching collection and creating a fun art project. Themes will be announced on the day of the program. Pick up tickets at the main lobby desk.  FREE 

Friday, October 2, November 6 & December 4 

Guided Tour
from field to lab to exhibit: behind-the-scenes archaeology at the n.y.s. museum
October 07, 2015 :  12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Location:  Museum Lobby

Find out what it takes to bring archaeological fieldwork into public view. Participants will learn how archaeologists analyze artifacts and how this information is used in exhibitions, museum reports and to answer research questions. Join staff from the Cultural Resource Survey Program for a behind-the-scenes tour of a working archaeology lab. Examples from recent excavations will be on display. The tour is limited to 30 people and registration is required by Thursday, October 1st. Please register with Nicole LaFountain at (518) 474-0575 or email

Pre-registration is required.  FREE

This week at the museum
Children's Program
rain or shine... it's reading time 
October 14, 2015 :  10:30 A.M. - November 11, 2015 :  11:15 A.M.

Location:  Kids' Cove

Discover a special exhibit with Miss Ann as she shares her favorite children’s literature. Story time is enhanced with activities based on preschool education concepts. Meet at Kids’ Cove. For Preschoolers. FREE

Wednesdays: October 14 & 28, Novemeber 11 


let's go take a trip
November 07, 2015 :  11:00 A.M. - December 05, 2015 :  11:45 A.M.

Location:  Adirondack Hall
Description:   The Museum comes alive as Miss Peggy takes you on a trip to new sights, sounds and adventures right here in our very own State Museum!! This program features a different “trip” in the Museum each month. Come join in the fun and earn your Museum Traveler’s Badge! Meet at the Main Lobby Desk. Intended for ages 4-6 years old. November 7 & December 5

twilight shaker cemetery tour at shaker heritage society
October 17, 2015 :  5:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.


Discover the stories of past Shakers on this special twilight tour of the Shaker cemetery. There are 445 Shakers buried here – get to know a handful of them a little better as we walk through the headstones. It is suggested, but not mandatory, that participants bring a flashlight with them. The tour will begin at the 1848 Meeting House at Shaker Heritage Society. Please call (518) 456-7890 x23 or email to sign up.

$5 suggested donation

shaker heritage society's christmas craft fair
October 31, 2015 :  10:00 A.M. - December 19, 2015 :  4:00 P.M.


Find the perfect holiday gift for everyone on your list at our annual Christmas Craft Fair. Dozens of local and regional artisans are represented, offering a wide range of beautiful handmade items, including: jewelry, gourmet chocolate, preserves, ornaments, soup and dip mixes, candles, children’s toys, home decor, stained glass, and more. This is the Society’s biggest fundraiser and not only will your purchases help sustain the museum, but you will also be supporting small local businesses and artists. Closed on Sundays.  FREE

the seldom seen geology of thacher state park
November 07, 2015 :  1:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.

Location:  John Boyd Thacher State Park

Cliffs, rocky ravines and dynamic geologic processes were key in creating Thacher State Park over 100 years ago.  The 3.5 mile park abounds in interesting, seldom seen areas of classic geology. Explore and discover some of these areas with New York State Museum geologist

Dr. Chuck Ver Straeten. Dress for hiking on and off the trail. Please call (518) 872-0800 to register and for more information.  FREE

Family Program
family fun day
October 17, 2015 :  1:00 P.M. - November 21, 2015 :  4:00 P.M.

Location:  Museum Exhibit Galleries

Each third Saturday of the month, the Museum offers fun for the whole family with games, crafts, and other theme-based activities. Check with Main Lobby for location. FREE  

October 17: Museum CSI: Cool Science Investigations, November 21: Raptor Rapture *Special Event from 11am-4pm*



creative art day
October 18, 2015 :  1:00 P.M. - November 08, 2015 :  3:00 P.M.

Location:  Classroom 2-3
Description:   Families are welcome to join Art Instructor, Peggy Steinbach for a creative art activity based on the following Museum exhibitions: 
October 18: TBA, November 8: Represent: Contemporary Art of Native Americans 

trash to treasure
November 07, 2015 :  1:00 P.M. - December 05, 2015 :  3:00 P.M.

Location:  Classroom 2-3
Description:   Trash to Treasure features an art project using manufacturing mistakes and materials destined for the landfill. Museum art instructor, Peggy Steinbach invites you to spend an Earth-friendly afternoon at the Museum. Programs are scheduled on Saturday, November 7 & December 5.

Guided Tour
behind the scenes tour of n.y.s. museum's history collection
November 15, 2015 :  1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Location:  Museum Lobby

This program will take you behind the scenes to tour the New York State Museum's History Collections with a Curator of History. Visitors on the tour will have the chance to see storage rooms including furniture, Shaker materials, stoneware, paintings, textiles, toys and military and political memorabilia. Children ages 7+ are welcome on the tour. Tour is limited to 15 people and registration is due by Wednesday, November 11. Please contact Nicole LaFountain at (518) 474-0575 or email if interested. Pre-registration required.  FREE

Halloween Event
monster mash and bash
October 24, 2015 :  12:00 A.M. - October 25, 2015 :  4:00 P.M.

Cost: $5.00
Location:  Fourth Floor - Terrace

This year’s Bash will feature a Halloween Parade at 2pm, music and “Boo”gie dancing with DJ Mystery, unique games including Feed the Monsters, group activities including Halloween Bingo with prizes and Spooky Story Telling, self-guided activities including Stack the Crazy Critters and a fabulous photo area to have your picture taken with a monster or two. Wear your costume and join in the fun! For ages toddler through 10 years. 

Fee: $5 per child, ages 2 and older.  CASH ONLY

Holiday Event
taste n y holiday market
December 06, 2015 :  11:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.

Cost: $5.00
Location:  Exhibition Hall

Sip, sample and shop at the New York State Museum’s 2nd Annual Taste NY Holiday Market. Enjoy an array of “made in New York” specialty food and beverage vendors, including hand-crafted beer, wine and spirits, cheese, chocolate, apple and maple products, and other edible gifts.

There will also be food demonstrations, children’s activities and a chocolate fountain station. 

First Floor Exhibition Halls / Fee is $5 per person, over the age of 12.  CASH ONLY

magnificent barns talk by robert braun
October 18, 2015 :  2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Location:  Huxley Theater

This talk highlights the Shakers’ achievements in architecture, agriculture and design in the 19th century. The presentation includes over 200 images of maps, drawings, and archival photos that Robert collected for the Shaker Barn Project. This project is a series of paintings, scale drawings as well as digital and fabricated models that both document and illustrate Shaker barns as they were originally built.  FREE

Robert Braun is an accomplished artist who has worked in various fields of the applied arts including scenic design, murals & trompe-l’oeil painting, furniture design, and illustration. His lifelong interest in history has led to the commission of paintings

of Historical Reconstructions for the National Park Service and the U.S. Army, the

IBM Gallery in New York, and the Public Museum of Grand Rapids.

brain food for the curious: reconstructing ancient marine enviroments                         

November 10, 2015 :  12:10 P.M. - 12:30 P.M.

Location:  Huxley Theater

Many paleontologists are also paleoecologists – they study the interactions between an organism and its environment.  But how can we reconstruct an environment that existed 450 million years ago?  Join State Paleontologist Dr. Amati as she describes how we use clues that are preserved in the rocks, and the fossils themselves, to interpret ancient environments.  FREE

Program includes 20 minute talk and Dr. Amati will be happy to answer questions following the presentation. Participants are welcomed to bring their lunches. 

brain food for the curious: recent range shifts of new york birds: response to climate change?
November 24, 2015 :  12:10 P.M. - 12:30 P.M.

Location:  Huxley Theater

Join Curator of Birds Dr. Kirchman, for a lunchtime talk, as he describes his current research and the implications for bird conservation. Since several bird species have expanded their ranges northward in the last 20-25 years, Dr. Kirchman has resurveyed birds up Whiteface Mountain to examine whether they are also shifting their ranges uphill.  FREE

Program includes 20 minute talk and Dr. Amati will be happy to answer questions following the presentation. Participants are welcomed to bring their lunches. 

Special Event
national chemistry day: chemistry colors our world
October 17, 2015 :  10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Location:  Fourth Floor - Terrace

The day’s free activities include interactive chemistry demonstrations, fun hands-on activities and experiments and door prizes. There is also a student-illustrated poetry contest. Create an illustrated poem at the event or bring yours to the Museum by noon. Winners announced after the Chemistry Magic Show. Categories for prizes are K – 2nd; 3rd – 4th; 5th – 8th and 9th – 12th.

Chemistry Magic show at 1pm in the Clark Auditorium.  FREE

For more information, contact Mayrita Arrandale at or Tina Ovitt at

Thanksgiving Holiday Program
a day in the life of shakers
November 28, 2015 :  9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Location:  Photography Gallery

Get a glimpse into what life was like for Shaker children in the Shaker Kids Space. Explore a typical classroom, dress in Shaker style clothing from the late 1800’s and create your own gift drawing. Read about the daily schedule and children’s chores, and try one or two simple tasks. Discover their innovations such as the flat broom and learn how these tools were re-designed to make community living easier. Practice a Shaker dance and meet a Shaker woman from the past as she shares fun facts about growing up in the community. Educators and volunteers will be on-hand to share a cart full of Shaker-related objects and to answer questions. Meet in the Shaker Kidspace behind Photography Gallery.  FREE

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