VIsit the NYS Museum and discover new things about this great state! Programs will highlight Erie Canal, World War I and Women's Suffrage.
Holiday Vacation Week
Learn about the clothing and fashion of New Yorkers in the “Roaring Twenties,” from everyday wear to fancy dress. Make your own headpiece to take home with you, and imagine what you might have looked like if you were born in New York in in the early 20th century!
Have you ever wondered how kids lived a hundred years ago? Join us as we explore life in early 1900s New York City tenements, play games, and learn how immigrants made a new place feel like home.
Storytelling always has been an important way to communicate in cultures across the world. Join us to learn about this tradition, and in particular how the Native Peoples of New York have passed on information and stories. A museum educator will also present a few examples of stories from the...
Let’s take an adventure on the Erie Canal! Use hands-on mystery items and a 1903 Erie Canal map as you imagine yourself steering or towing a canal boat, often at night, from town to town and through the many locks of the Erie Canal. Take a kids’ tour through the canal exhibit with a scavenger...
Join us in our inflatable planetarium, Starlab! Crawl inside and experience a guided tour of the winter sky.
Free tickets will be available at the main lobby desk one hour before each show time, but note that space within the Starlab is limited and tickets are given on a first-come, first...
Come to Open Spaces (the whale skeleton) in Metropolis Hall to learn about the wonderful world of whales as well as the history of whalers and whaling in New York with hands on objects and activities.
Explore the NYS Museum’s Fire Engine Hall. Visitors can try on firefighting equipment, roll a fire hose, try to guess the ages of the fire engines, and more!
Gather around the campsite at Colvin Tower with Deb Cavanaugh of Heldeberg Music Together to hear traditional folk and popular campfire songs. Make some of your own music with percussion instruments provided for you to play and many other opportunities to participate. Come and see what surprises...
Investigate a Haudenosaunee Condolence Cane and explore the stories that explain the Great Law of Peace that is the foundation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Create a symbol for yourself that represents a formative experience in your life.
Ring in the new year with friends at the NYS Museum. Create a party hat, take a fun photo, or dance in celebration of 2019! The Museum’s New Year Countdown will be held at 3 pm at Colvin Tower in Adirondack Hall.
From 1-2 pm in the Huxley Theater, join local magician Joey D. for a fun-...
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The New York State Museum is a program of the University of the State of New York
New York State Education Department
Tuesday - Sunday, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Closed Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day
New York State Museum Cultural Education Center 222 Madison Avenue Albany, NY 12230