Ongoing Exhibitions

Within our main halls, are the popular long-standing favorites:
The Adirondack Wilderness
This majestic and pristine region has and continues to be transformed by the interaction of nature and people.

Art for the People Art for the People: Decorated Stoneware from the Weitsman Collection
This exhibition features 40 uniquely decorated stoneware vessels, including jugs, crocks, pitchers, jars and water coolers.
Albany Archaeology Beneath the City: An Archaeological Perspective of Albany
Discover the fascinating results of several archaeological excavations that have take place in Albany and look at artifacts related to the early Dutch settlement, a colonial rum distillery, the expansion of the city, and the daily life of past residents.
Birds of New York
See over 170 species of New York birds displayed in their environmental settings.

Black Capital: Harlem in the 20s
This celebrated American community is portrayed in this exhibition regarding the rich and diverse culture of Harlem in the 1920s.

This full-sized carousel was made between 1912 and 1916 by the Herschell-Spillman Company of North Tonawanda, New York, one of the leading manufacturers of carousels in America.
Cohoes Mastodon Cohoes Mastodon
Excavated in 1866, the conserved and reassembled Cohoes mastodon is a magnificent specimen.
earthquake M&T Bank New York State Museum Earthquake Center
The New York State Museum’s new earthquake exhibit features real-time display of earthquakes in New York and around the world.

Explore New York: Map Interactive
Visitors can explore 50 different subjects related to New York history as well as 6 map 'skins' that display New York's topography or population density.
Fire Engine Hall
Come and visit many examples of fire apparatus of all times from the 18th, 19th and 20th century all with a history of service in New York.
The Governor's Collection of Contemporary Native American Crafts

picture of an old taxi car Metropolis Hall
This history of New York City and its environs is traced as the natural harbor transforms into a bustling port, open spaces into canyons of skyscrapers and a wilderness into a word city.
quartz Minerals of New York
This spectacular exhibit located within Adirondack Wilderness Hall showcases a fraction of the State Museum's enormous mineral collection.
arrowhead Native Peoples of New York
Explore New York's cultural history and natural landscapes from the last Ice Age 12, 000 years ago to present day ethnology.
frog New York Discoveries
Scientists and historians are working behind the scenes at the State Museum making new discoveries in New York's natural and human history.
picture of the world trade center

The World Trade Center: Rescue Recovery Response
The World Trade Center: Rescue, Recovery, Response tells the history of the World Trade Center, the September 11 attacks, the rescue efforts, the evidence recovery operation at the Fresh Kills landfill, and the public response to the September 11th events.

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