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NYSM Portal to Online Educational Resources & Activities

For all of the educators, caregivers, and students looking for engaging and educational activities to do right from home, look no further! This portal brings together many of the museum’s resources, including links to our virtual “Fieldtrips,” digital collections, online resources, and fun activities for kids based on the museum’s research and collections. Content on this page will be updated often, so be sure to check back for new information and activities!


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Facebook Live Field Trips to the NYSM

Visit the NYSM Facebook events page for information about our upcoming Live Field Trips at 1pm:
June 9: "Unveiled", Behind the Scenes
June 10: Travel on the Canal
June 11: Minerals Rock! (Kids!)

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Teacher Guides & Activities for Students

Find lesson plans for activities about Fort Orange and Women's Suffrage, as well as other educational links and resources, all available from our main NYSM education page.

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Featured Online Exhibit: Bernice Abbott

Explore the online exhibit, Bernice Abbott's Changing New York, to view some of the photographic prints she took as part of the Federal Art Project from 1935-1939.

You don't need to leave home to visit any of these other NYSM exhibits available online:


NYSM Collections

The NYSM houses millions of objects, artifacts, fossils, and documents within separate collections. Learn more about each of the collections below:






Featured Field Trip: LGBTQ History Collections

Celebrate Pride month by taking a virtual tour of our LGBTQ+ history collections!

View all past FB Live Field Trips to the NYSM here:


Around the Museum in a Minute

Got 60 seconds to spare? That's all the time it will take to learn about dancers Adel and Albert Gloria!

Visit the NYSM YouTube Channel for more 60-second spotlights:

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Museum Moments

The New York State Museum invites you inside its research labs, into the collections, behind the scenes of exhibitions, and to explore other aspects of its work. (NYSM on YouTube)


"Home" Work!

These themed activities are perfect for educators, caregivers, and students looking for fun ways to stayed engaged at home.

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Maritime Fun and the Half Moon!

Learn more about the journey of the Half Moon (de Halve Maen) and what life was like for the sailors aboard. Introduce your kids to basic nautical vocabulary with games and activities! Have students


Fun with Fossils

Learn about the New York State Museum's fossil collections and then make your own fossil egg!

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Erie Canal

The Erie Canal was built using the science of simple machines. Learn more about New York State's great canal and then make your own simple machine!

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Minerals Rock!

Have your kids learn about minerals from New York and then grow their own crystal structure!

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Fun with Architecture

Enjoy these architecturally-focused activities!

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Whale-tastic Activities

Learn about the NYSM right whale and do an experiment with blubber!