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Cultural History

The rich and varied cultural history of New York State is reflected in the wide-ranging types of objects in the Museum’s collection.  Superb examples produced in the state from paintings, furniture, and decorative arts, to musical instruments and toys are just some of the work featured and showcase the innumerable contributions to art and culture made by New Yorkers across some three centuries.  Preserving, interpreting, and presenting these treasures is the mission of historians and curators at the Museum.