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Museums in Albany, NY
1.Albany Institute of History & Art
125 Washington Ave
This is our favorite Albany area museum. Art is wonderful and excellent quality. Special exhibits are tops. The current Dutch food exhibit is fabulous and excelletly researched and presented. We plan to go back and spend more time on it. The gallery colors and placements are well thought out , appropriate and pleasing. The new building and facilities are a great improvement to an already excellent museum.
153 S Pearl St
At the Half Moon, visitors are able to walk into a full scale replica of the original Dutch ship that was sailed by Henry Hudson in 1609. Visitors will be educated on how life was in New Netherland during the 17th century as they witness firsthand the history that is recorded on the ship.
3.New York State Museum
260 Watervliet Avenue Ext
4.New York State Museum
Empire State Plz
Under the leadership of the New York State Education Department, this museum and research center preserves New York State's artistic, social, historical and environmental legacies through such exhibits as "Native Peoples of New York," "The Cohoes Mastodont" and "Black Capital: Harlem in the 20s."
140 New Scotland Ave
The Opalka Gallery's primary focus is on modern & contemporary art and design from nationally recognized artists. We host 4 to 5 exhibitions a year along with a film series, artist lecture series, Pecha Kucha nights and other events.
6.Fasny Museum of Firefighting
107 Washington Ave
7.New Netherland Museum
153 S Pearl St
8.Albany Institute-History & Art
108 Whitehall Rd
1475 Western Ave
10.Shaker Heritage Society
875 Watervliet Shaker Rd Ste 2
11.Nys Museum Gift Shop
1 Empire State Plz
12.Empire State Plaza Art Coll
2978 Corning Pl
13.Irish-American Heritage Museum
14.Destroyer Escort Historical
15.American Italian Heritage
1227 Central Ave
Our museum has ten rooms of exhibits, a Hall of History and a gift shop. We operate the largest Italian American museum in the east. Our 2nd floor is the home of our Italian Cultural Center which includes a library, class room/meeting space, memorial room, art gallery and a hall. See our website for our Hours which vary by season and change due to availability of our staff which are all volunteers
16.New York State Executive Mansion
138 Eagle St
The New York State Executive Mansion is located on Eagle Street in downtown Albany. Since 1875, this house has been home to New York's governors and their families. It is a house that is eclectic in style, filled with history and rich with tradition. It remains a fitting symbol of the variety and greatness of the Empire State. SCHEDULE: Tours of the Mansion are offered September through June on Thursdays at 10:00 and 11:00 a.m., 12:00, 1:00, and 2:00 p.m. to groups of 10 or more, up to a maximum of 30 visitors (including chaperones). RESERVATIONS: Reservations are required and must be made at least two weeks in advance. To schedule a tour, please call. SPECIAL RULE: Photo identification is required for all adults. COST: Tours are free of charge. LOCATION: Tours begin at the front center gate of the Mansion, 138 Eagle Street, Albany. LENGTH: Tours last approximately one hour. ACCESSIBILITY: The Executive Mansion is fully accessible for persons with disabilities. Please inform us of any special needs when making your reservation. ARRIVAL: Please plan to arrive 5 minutes prior to the starting time of your tour. If you are going to be late, or must cancel a tour, kindly notify the Plaza Visitor Center. DIRECTIONS and PARKING: The New York Executive Mansion is a short walking distance from the Empire State Plaza. Starting on Madison Avenue in front of the State Museum, walk down the street to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and turn right onto Eagle Street. Entrance to the Mansion is through the front center (pedestrian) gate. Parking is not available at the Executive Mansion. Buses may unload passengers at the front gate. General Tour: The general tour takes the visitor on a journey through the Mansion, examining its roles as both an official residence and a private home to New York's governors and their families. Tour discussion focuses on past and present New York State governors, architectural history, furnishings and artwork, and the Mansion's present existence as a LEED-certified building. Student Tour: The student tour focuses on four key periods in the Mansion's history: the Victorian era, 1920s to the mid-1930s, 1960s to the present, and the 21st Century. Through the use of artifacts, furnishings and art, students will explore the Executive Mansion's significance to the culture and history of New York State. The tour culminates with a discussion about the Executive Mansion in the 21st century, including the importance of sustainable living and the Mansion's LEED-Gold certification.
17.Shaker Heritage Society
25 Meeting House Rd
Site of the first Shaker community. Located adjacent to Albany International Airport, the historic site features nine Shaker buildings, an herb garden, apple orchard and cemetery where Shaker founder, Ann Lee is buried. The 1848 Shaker Meeting House contains a small museum and gift shop. Hiking trails are available at the adjacent Ann Lee Pond Wildlife Preserve.
18.Ten Broeck Mansion
9 Ten Broeck Pl
19.Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
32 Catherine St
Schuyler Mansion was once home to Philip J. Schuyer, renowned Revolutionary War general, US Senator, and business entrepreneur. He and his wife, Catharine Van Rensselaer, both descended from affluent Dutch families and together, raised eight children in this home. Temporary exhibitions and public programs are scheduled year-round. Tours for school and adult groups, as well as outreach programs, are available by reservation. Group tour rates are available for 10 or more people.
20.Albany Visitors Center
25 Quackenbush Sq
The Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center offers visitors access to information seven days a week. Our knowledgeable staff can answer visitor inquiries and we are well stocked with travel brochures about the capital region of New York State. We also offer an informative exhibit about the history of the city of Albany, we are home to the Henry Hudson Planetarium, and our gift shop is full of unique Albany items and locally made products. Print versions of self-guided walking tours are available year round. Special events, school programs, and an audio-visual orientation to the city are designed to provide an introduction to Albany's rich heritage and diverse culture. The Albany Heritage Area comprises all of downtown Albany and is one of 18 Heritage Areas and Corridors in New York State that preserve, interpret, and promote special places in the Empire State. Standard Hours of Operation (April - November): Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Winter Hours of Operation (December - March): Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The Visitors Center is located at the intersection of Broadway and Clinton Avenue in downtown Albany at the I-787 ramp at the Clinton Avenue exit. At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn right onto Broadway. The Visitors Center is located to your immediate right. Car Parking: Pass the Visitors Center and take first right onto Spencer Street. Follow Spencer Street to the end and bear right following the signs for Visitors Center Parking. FREE Visitors Center parking is located under the Clinton Avenue Exit ramp (by posted signs) on a first come-first served basis as noted. If the spaces are filled, metered parking is available in the main lot as follows: $1 per hour Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm Free after 5pm, Monday - Friday ($5 evenings when there is an event at the Palace Theatre) Free parking Saturday and Sunday Payment may be made with quarters, dimes, nickels, Visa, MasterCard and CDTA Swiper card To enter the building from the parking lot, follow the pedestrian walkway to the double glass doors.
Broadway And Quay Streets
During World War II 563 Destroyer Escorts battled Nazi U-Boats on the North Atlantic protecting convoys of men and supplies. In the Pacific, they stood first in line to defend naval task forces from Kamikaze attacks. Today only one remains afloat in America. Step back in time. Return to 1945 aboard USS SLATER. See how Sailors worked, hear the sounds of a living ship, touch a piece of American history, and walk the decks where hundreds of Sailors have walked before.
22.Childrens Museum of Science and Technology
250 Jordan Rd
The vision of Childrens Museum of Science and Technology is to inspire students of all ages to explore, discover, and imagine their world. All exhibits are hands-on, and are designed to help children think and explore like scientists and engineers. General Admission Price: $5.00 per person ages 2 and up, Digital Dome Shows: $1.00 per person for each show.
23.Fort Crailo State Historic Site
91 1/2 Riverside Ave
250 Jordan Rd
25.Rensselaer County Historical Society
57 2nd St
The Rensselaer County Historical Society and Museum (RCHS) is a dynamic not-for-profit established in 1927 to connect local history and heritage with contemporary life. Situated in the picturesque downtown Second Street Historic District in Troy, New York, the galleries and programs are located in two adjacent 19th century townhouses and a carriage house. Our furnished house museum is the historic and architecturally significant 1827 marble Hart-Cluett House while our Carr Building showcases several exhibits, outstanding archives and a research library. Throughout three seasons we offer Walking Tours and Hidden History Tours. In addition our renowned four day-long Holiday Greens Show opens every year one week after Thanksgiving each year since 1956. Enjoy holiday magic in the Hart-Cluett House Museum lushly decorated in live greens, fragrant garland and fresh flowers. Troy's widely popular Victorian Stroll grew from the beloved tradition that is the RCHS Green's Show.
26.U.S. Army Watervliet Arsenal
1 Buffington St
Founded in 1813, the U.S. Watervliet Arsenal exists to support and remember the War of 1812, also known as the "Second War for Independence". The facility is the only manufacturing source for large caliber cannons in production volume.
27.Bethlehem Historical Assn
1003 River Rd
28.Hudson-Mohawk Indl Gateway
1 E Industrial Pkwy
29.Watervliet Historical Society Museum
1501 1st Ave
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