NYS Great Places and Spaces

Noon–4 p.m.
All Museum Galleries

Celebrate what’s great in New York State HISTORY!

Take a trip around the state without leaving the Museum! Over twenty of the state’s historic sites and cultural institutions will be on site, offering families fun hands-on activities, educational artifacts to explore, and information on regional events to visit throughout the year. There will also be guided tours of the Museum's three newest exhibitions highlighting WWI, the Erie Canal, and Women’s Suffrage. 


World War I Exploration Station with Soldier James
12 & 2pm / Meet in South Hall at entrance to exhibition
Could you pack it? Discover what a WWI doughboy soldier would carry in his backpack.

Votes for Women Tour
12 & 2pm / Meet in West Hall Gallery

Erie Canal Exhibition Tour
1 & 3pm / Meet in South Hall at entrance to exhibition
Tread the path of 19th century history. This guided tour explores the Erie Canal’s creation, construction, and contributions to the Empire State and the U.S.

Natives People Exploration Station
1 & 3 pm / Native Peoples Hall

Scavenger Hunt Cookbook
12-4pm / Museum-wide
Pick up your Scavenger Hunt Cookbook in Discovery Place and color the pages to customize it.  Then visit the museum’s exhibits to answer the questions and learn more about the people and places behind these recipes.

Participating Institutions

Adirondack Experience, the Museum
     on Blue Mountain Lake
Albany Pine Bush Preserve
Arkell Museum
Capital District Civil War Round Table
Crailo State Historic Site
Empire State Aerosciences Museum
Hudson Crossing Park
Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway
Iron Jack of the US Naval Landing Party
Johnson Hall State Historic Site
National Museum of Racing and
     Hall of Fame
New Windsor Cantonment and Knox’s
     Headquarters State Historic Site
New York State Library
New York State Summer School of the Arts
Olana State Historic Site
Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
Saratoga National Historical Park
Schenectady County Historical
     Society/Mabee Farm