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Explore Albany Museums, Planetariums & Historical Societies

Explore the rich history of the Capital Region! From art, culture and state museums, to unique planetariums, and historical societies, you can discover it all right in Albany, NY! Bring the kids along for an afternoon of fun AND education.  
Iroquois Indian Museum
Howes Cave, NY
From contemporary tatooing to ancient tool making, explore the cultural traditions artistic expression and the rich history of archaeology of the Iroquois through exhibits, festivals, storytelling, interactive spaces and 45-acre Nature Park.
OGS-Curatorial/Tour Services
Albany, NY
Art collection, Executive Mansion tour and educational programs, and plaza information office
New York State Military Museum
Saratoga Springs, NY
The New York State Military Museum and Veteran's Research Center houses the state's collection of more than 10,000 military artifacts, some dating back before the Revolutionary War. Open 10 am to 4 pm, Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free.
Irish American Heritage Museum
Albany, NY
The Irish American Heritage Museum is dedicated to the preservation and promulgation of Irish American cultural traditions. We devise projects and develop programs focusing on the unique heritage of the sons and daughters of American Heritage.
Albany County Historical Association
Albany, NY
The Albany Co. Historical Assn. Is located in the 18th Century Ten Broeck mansion. We offer tours, lectures, exhibits, concerts, other special events, gardens and meeting space for up to 150 people.
Empire State Aerosciences Museum
Glenville, NY
ESAM is a not-for-profit center dedicated to educating, entertaining, and exciting the public about aviation and its influential history.
Historic Cherry Hill
Albany, NY
Cherry Hill was lived in by 5 generations of the Van Rensselaer- Rankin family from 1787-1963. Through its intact collection of 20,000 artifacts, 30,000 manuscripts, 7,500 textiles, 5,000 books and 3,000 photographs Historic Cherry Hill tells a dramatic
New York State Museum
Albany, NY
The New York State Museum in Downtown Albany explores the cultural and natural history of New York State. Visit www.nysm.nysed.gov for a schedule of events. Open every day but Monday. 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and 1/1.
Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc.
Albany, NY
The Underground Railroad History Project researches and preserves the local and national history of the underground railroad movement and its international connections, engaging in dialogue about the relevance of this movement to modern society.
Rensselaer Co Historical Society
Troy, NY
RCHS offers: changing exhibitions about the county's historic, natural and cultural resources. Tours of the 1827 Federal-style Hart Cluett House in downtowne Troy, etc.
Austerlitz Historical Society
Austerlitz, NY
Living history museum in Austerlitz, New York.
Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center
Albany, NY
Staffed tourist information center, history gallery, planetarium and gift shop. Special events and exhibits on-going. Group tour programs available including orientation and planetarium shows.