Welcome to the New York State Museum

We are excited to welcome you to the Museum! In accordance with new safety guidelines, 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 visit to the Museum for everyone.

Museum Hours

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

  • *2022 State-Observed Holidays (click to expand)

    Monday, January 17 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
     
    Monday, February 21 - Washington's Birthday (Observed)
     
    Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day
     
    Monday, June 20 - Juneteenth
     
    Monday, July 4 - Independence Day 
     
    Monday, September 5 - Labor Day
     
    Monday, October 10 - Columbus Day
     
    Friday, November 11 – Veterans’ Day 
     
    Thursday, November 24 - Thanksgiving Day
     
    Monday, December 26 - Christmas Day (Observed)

Main Lobby Desk:

(518) 474-5877

Admission

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. 

 

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

  • The A-Train
  • 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: https://empirestateplaza.ny.gov/parking/
 

Amenities:

  • 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. 

 

For Your Health & Safety

Effective February 11, 2022, the COVID policy for visitors to the New York State Museum will be lifted.

  • Masks are not required but are highly recommended for visitors and non-staff
  • Visitors and non-staff will no longer be required to show proof of COVID vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test within the previous 48 hours.

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. 

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

 

Location

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.