The New York State Museum is open to the public. For more information please see:

The New York State Museum is Open

We are excited to welcome you back to the Museum! In accordance with new safety guidelines implemented on January 12, 2022, visitors will notice that some galleries and exhibit features are closed and we have new safety rules in place. Please review the information provided here to ensure a safe return to the Museum for everyone.

Museum Hours

Open Tuesday through Sunday, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Closed all state-observed holidays

Main Lobby Desk:

(518) 474-5877


Admission to the New York State Museum is free. However, your support plays a vital role in the success of the Museum’s mission. Suggested donation: $5 per individual or $10 per family. 


For Your Health & Safety

Beginning January 12, 2022, the New York State Museum will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within the past 48 hours for all visitors ages five and older. Upon arrival to the Museum, visitors must submit proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test as follows:



Individuals are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 when at least two weeks have passed after receiving either the second dose in a two-dose series (i.e., Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) or a single-dose vaccine (i.e., Johnson & Johnson/Janssen).

Proof of vaccination may include: 

  • Excelsior Pass 
  • Excelsior Pass Plus 
  • SMART Health Cards issued outside of New York State 
  • Full-course vaccination through NYC COVID Safe app 
  • A CDC Vaccination Card, or
  • Other official immunization records.

Those who received the vaccine outside the United States must have an official immunization record that includes: 

  • First name and last name 
  • Date of birth
  • Vaccine product name (only vaccines authorized by the FDA or WHO are acceptable).


    When presenting proof of a negative COVID Test within the past 48 hours: 

    • Results can be a printed copy or on a phone (e.g., digital health record or email or text message from a test provider or laboratory).
    • Personal identification with a name and photo or date of birth is required for visitors ages 18 and older and must match the information on the negative test result. 


    In addition, please be reminded that simple steps can help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, including to: 

    • Wear a mask that fits securely over the nose and mouth.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 

      For an official statement from the New York State Education Department regarding these new safety rules, please visit:


    Updates and Changes to Museum Galleries and Facilities

    Galleries Open for Visitors

    • New York Metropolis Hall—The World Trade Center, Henry DiSpirito: Stonemason to Sculptor, Ice Ages, Black Capital: Harlem in the 1920s, Art for the People: Decorated Stoneware from the Weitsman Collection, and more!
    • Adirondack Hall—Adirondack Wilderness, Beneath the City: An Archaeological Perspective of Albany, “a small fort, which our people call Fort Orange,” Artifacts for Activism, Minerals of New York, and more!
    • Bird Hall
    • Cohoes Mastodon
    • Fire Engine Hall
    • Ice Ages
    • Native Peoples Hall

    Temporary Closures

    • Discovery Place
    • 4th Floor Terrace Gallery/Carousel
    • Museum Shop
    • Museum Café

      We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

    Parking and Amenities

    Parking is available in the Madison Avenue Lot adjacent on the west side of the Museum, accessed from Madison Avenue. The parking fee from Monday to Friday is $10, with free entry after 2:00 p.m. and on the weekends. An additional paid parking visitor lot, V-LOT (P-3) is available under the Empire State Plaza Concourse. Limited metered street parking is also available.

    For additional parking information, visit:


    • Public restrooms are available on the first floor of the Museum. 
    • To promote reduced contact, drinking fountains are temporarily unavailable. 
    • While the Museum Café and Shop are temporarily closed, food and additional amenities can be obtained on the Concourse Level of the Empire State Plaza. Please note, food and/or drinks are not allowed in the Museum galleries. 

    Press Release May 12, 2021

    NY State Education Department Press Release - 1/10/2022

    Cultural Education Center to Require Proof of Vaccination or Negative COVID Test for All Visitors


    Press Release May 12, 2021

    NY State Education Department Press Release - 5/12/2021

    State Museum, Library, and Archives to Re-Open May 17, 2021 With COVID-19 Protocols in Place



    New York State Museum 
    Cultural Education Center
    222 Madison Avenue
    Albany, NY 12230

    NYSM Wayfinder Map

    Wayfinder Map (PDF)

    Download this wayfinder map for an overview of the NYSM galleries and exhibits open to visitors.