Release Date: 
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Contact Information: 
Office of Communications Phone: (518) 474-1201


Representatives from state historic sites and cultural institutions will provide educational hands-on activities, unique artifacts to explore, and information about upcoming events during the annual “New York State’s Great Places and Spaces” program on Saturday, January 13 from noon to 4:00 p.m. at the New York State Museum.

Visitors can learn about New York State history through activities and information provided by over 20 state historic sites, museums, and libraries. “Soldier James” will share his experiences as a World War I soldier at noon and 2:00 p.m., guided tours of the Votes for Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial exhibition will be held at noon and 2:00 p.m., and guided tours of the Enterprising Waters: New York’s Erie Canal exhibition will be held at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.

Participating institutions include the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, Capital District Civil War Round Table, Crailo State Historic Site, Empire State Aerosciences Museum, Hudson Crossing Park, Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway, Iron Jack of the US Naval Landing Party, Johnson Hall State Historic Site, National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, New Windsor Cantonment and Knox’s Headquarters State Historic Site, New York State Summer School of the Arts, Olana State Historic Site, Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Saratoga National Historical Park, and Schenectady County Historical Society/Mabee Farm.

The State Museum is a program of the New York State Education Department’s Office of Cultural Education. Located at 222 Madison Avenue in Albany, the Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  It is closed on the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Admission is free. Further information about programs and events can be obtained by calling (518) 474-5877 or visiting the Museum website at www.nysm.nysed.gov.