New York State Museums and
This page is a growing list of links for museums and
historic sites in New York State.
Adirondack Museum (Blue
Mountain Lake, NY) - dedicated to the history, culture, and art of the
Albany Institute of History
and Art (Albany, NY) - dedicated to collecting, preserving,
interpreting and promoting interest in the history, art and culture of
Albany and the upper Hudson Valley region.
Museum (Amherst, NY) - experience 19th century life
on the Niagara Frontier as you explore restored historic buildings,
including homes, churches and schoolhouses, in this 35-acre historic
park. (716) 689-1440
Duck (Flanders, NY) - open to the public as a museum shop and a
tourist information center.
Museum (East Springfield, NY) - exhibits on jazz music.
Children's Museum (Brooklyn, NY) - has programs and exhibits based on a remarkable
collection of 20,000 cultural artifacts and natural history specimens,
live plants, and animals.
Museum - Run by the Brooklyn Historical Society, it reopened October
2003 after four years of renovations. The National Historic
Landmark building was originally built in 1881 by George Post as the
Long Island Historical Society.
Brookside Museum - one
of the oldest buildings in the Village of Ballston Spa, NY.
Cayuga Museum - The
history of Auburn and Cayuga County housed in the Willard-Case mansion.
Children's Museum of History,
Natural History, Science, and Technology - Utica. Hands-on learning
center with emphasis on local history, environmental science, the arts,
and space science. The only children's museum in the country to be
adopted by both NASA and the Office of Science.
Cold Spring Harbor Whaling
Museum The Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum collects, preserves,
and exhibits objects and documents pertinent to whaling, especially the
regional whaling history of Long Island, whale conservation, and the
history of Cold Spring Harbor as a maritime port.
Clermont State Park -
was the Hudson River seat of New York's politically and socially
prominent Livingston family who occupied this site for seven
generations, web site maintained by the Friends of Clermont.
Cradle of Aviation Museum
- Nassau County's new Museum's at Mitchel Center is expected to be
completed by the fall of 2000 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of
Point State Historic Site - the abandoned French Fort St. Frederic
was taken over by the British in 1759, the British began construction of
"His Majesty's Fort of Crown Point." This fortification
complex contributed to the British conquest of Canada, the last French
stronghold, and control of Lake Champlain as a communication highway.
Elbert Hubbard Roycroft Museum
- information about Roycrofters and the Elbert Hubbard Roycroft Museum.
Empire State Railway Museum
(Phoenicia, NY) - preserving the history of the railroads that passed
through the Catskills Mountains.
Erie Canal Museum
(Syracuse, NY) - founded in 1962, it is housed in the 1850 Weighlock
Building, where canal boats were weighed during the days when they
traveled through the center of Syracuse on the Erie Canal.
Erie Canal Village
(Rome, NY) - 1840-1860 era re-created Canal village is an outdoor living
history museum located alongside a portion of the original Erie
Canal. An 1840's horse-drawn packet boat provides rides on the
historic canal section.
Farmers Museum (Cooperstown,
NY) - explore rural heritage and farming history.
Federal Hall National Memorial
(New York, NY) - Wall and Broad Streets, site of New York
City's 18th century City Hall. It was the seat of New York's
colonial government and the meeting place of the Stamp Act Congress
which assembled in October, 1765, to protest "taxation without
representation". The Continental Congress met at City Hall.
- strategically important during its long and illustrious history
because it commands the Hudson and Champlain Valleys. The Fort
Edward Historical Association and the Old Fort House Museum are open to
the public, P.O. Box 106 Fort Edward, NY 12828, Phone: (518) 747-9600.
Fort Ticonderoga -
museum and research center housed in 1755 French fort.
Fort Tilden -
established in 1917 and located on the Rockaway Peninsula in the Borough
of Queens in New York City.
Henry - excavations taking place July 17 to August 25, 2000 within
the walls of Fort William Henry, site of the tragic Abnaki Massacre
memorialized in James Fenimore Cooper’s novel "The Last of the
Franklin County Historical and Museum Society
- An elegant 1860s townhouse museum, featuring Victorian furnishings and early
craft exhibits, plus a county-wide historical
program that includes genealogy services for those with Franklin County family roots.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
National Historic Site - including information on special events,
park facilities, FDR's life, and more.
Museum - dedicated to the study and interpretation of early American
history and culture.
Douglass Museum and Cultural Center - tells the story of Frederick
Douglas, abolitionist, orator, writer, reformer, diplomat and statesman,
and the people with whom Douglass lived and worked, and the
contributions which they made to this country's history and the
development of a free society.
Genesee Country Village & Museum
- it is a recreated village of 68 historic New York state structures
dating from 1797 to 1884. It is the largest living history museum in the
state and has the largest collection of historic structures in the
George Eastman House
(Rochester, NY) - located on historic East Avenue in Rochester, this
12.5-acre museum site was the urban estate of George Eastman
(1854-1932), founder of Eastman Kodak Company.
Glenn Curtiss H.
Museum of Early Aviation and Local History (Hammondsport, NY) -
exhibits on Glenn Curtiss, aviation, the wine industry, and more.
Gomez Mill House - five
miles north of Newburgh, NY, on the Hudson River, is the oldest house on
the National Register of Historic Places in Orange County and the
earliest surviving Jewish residence in North America. It has been
continuously inhabited for more than 280 years.
Harriet Tubman Home
- preserves the legacy of "The Moses of Her People" in the
place where she lived and died in freedom.
The Hart-Cluett Mansion
(Troy, NY) - one of the finest intact houses of the late Federal period
Henry F. Johnson Museum of
Art (Cornell, NY) - one of the most important university museums in
Gregory Museum (Hicksville, NY) - features historical exhibits and
specializes in the earth sciences.
Hispanic Society of America
- museum and reference library for the study of art, culture, and
history of Spain, Portugal, Latin America, and the Philippines.
Historic Hudson Valley -
take a virtual tour of six Hudson Valley landmarks: Sunnyside,
Philipsburg Manor, Kykuit, The Union Church of Pocantico Hills,
Van Cortlandt Manor, and Montgomery Place.
Historic Richmond Town -
an authentic village, museum complex and archives, interpreting three
centuries of daily life and culture on Staten Island. Many buildings
have been restored and are open for touring. You will see furnished
interiors, exhibits and demonstrations of daily activities of early New
Lighthouse and Nautical Museum (Southold, NY) - includes images and
history of lighthouses. Also the official site for the Horton Point
Lighthouse and Nautical Museum.
House of Frankenstein
Wax Museum (Lake George, NY) - visitors can find monsters roaming
the halls, and frightening and educational wax exhibits set in a castle.
Hudson River Maritime Museum
(Kingston, NY) - dedicated to the preservation of the maritime history
of the Hudson River.
Hudson River Museum - cultural
complex with galleries displaying changing exhibitions of art, history
and science related to 19th and 20th c. topics.
Hyde Collection Art Museum
(Glens Falls, NY) - features exhibitions, lectures, family activities,
concerts, educational programming, and other community-based events.
Iroquois Indian Museum (Howes
Cave, NY) - educates the public about the Iroquois by collecting
exhibiting, and interpreting their arts and culture.
Jewish Museum - captures
4000 years of history and culture.
Junior Museum - fosters
children's interest in science, history and the arts.
Institute-New York - research, study and lecture center, museum,
library, and archives devoted to the history of German-speaking Jewry.
Lower East Side Tenement Museum
- Visitors to the Tenement Museum tour carefully restored tenement
apartments and learn about the lives of actual past residents.
Lucy-Desi Museum (Jamestown,
NY) - tribute to the first couple of comedy, open only in the summer
Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum
(Bolton Landing, NY) - view memorabilia from her career in her original
teaching studio, and walk along the Lake George shoreline on Sembrich
Mid-Hudson Children's Museum -
hands-on exhibits and activity stations for 2-12 year olds.
Performances, parties, tours, summer camp, traveling exhibits, and more.
Montauk Lighthouse Museum
(Montauk, NY) - packed with detailed historical information, pictures,
sound, and video.
Museum of American
Financial History - offers online exhibits celebrating
entrepreneurship, investment banking, and the capital markets.
The Museum of the City of New York
(Monroe, NY) - living history museum for families, teachers, and
students, with artifacts, barnyard animals, and exhibits.
Long Island [liglobal] - local links to art, science, history, and
Hall of Fame & Museum (Cooperstown, NY)- birthplace of baseball, home of
Abner Doubleday field, where the annual Hall of Fame game is played,
public tours of Hall of Fame and museum available.
National Canal Museum - exhibits on
the regional canal system that connected the area's anthracite coal
mines and the two largest metropolitan areas of that time, New York and
National Racing Museum and
Hall of Fame (Saratoga Springs, NY) - interprets the history and
conveys the excitement of Thoroughbred racing in America.
Natural History Museum of the
Adirondacks - planned museum will be dedicated to the observation of
the natural conditions of the Adirondack region.
Neversink Valley Area
Museum (Cuddebackville, NY) - history of the Neversink River Valley
of Orange County.
New Netherland Museum -
operates the Half Moon, a reproduction of the ship that Henry Hudson
sailed from Holland to the New World in 1609.
York City - museum links and other cultural institutions on
the city of New York web site.
New York City Police Museum
- collection of objects, stories, and information exploring the history
of the department.
Historical Society and Museum - The site includes museum events and
programs, a "Kids' corner," teacher resources, a timeline, and
other historical information on Northport and its environs, including
East Northport, Fort Salonga, Asharoken, and Eatons Neck.
NY Food Museum - New York
City circa 1900. Farming, fishing, open-air markets, pushcarts, oyster
barges, breweries, more.
New York State Museum
(Albany, NY) - New York State history, culture, and environment, a
program of the State Education Department..
NYS Urban Cultural Parks and
Visitor Centers - Heritage Areas of New York State.
Niagara - not your average State Historic Site website.
Old Bethpage Village
Restoration (Old Bethpage, NY) - Long Island's rural heritage on 100
acres with historic homes and workshops.
History Bicycle Museum (Orchard Park, NY) - the largest all-bicycle
museum in the world, and exhibits a complete history of the innovation,
invention and development of man's first personal mechanical
Island State Park - trenches built by the great Polish engineer
Koscuisko are still evident. Headquarters of the Bureau of
Historic Sites and Bureau of Historic Preservation Field Services are
Postmodernism and Art History
- gallery and museum reviews from New York City, by John Haber.
Proctor's Theater (Schenectady, NY)
theater opened in 1912, listed on the National
Register of Historic Places, run by The Arts Center & Theatre of
Raynham Hall Historic House
Museum (Oyster Bay, NY) - historic home on the north shore of Long
Island, revealing life from the American Revolution to the beginning of
the Gold Coast.
Research Web - research site
for the largest non-profit natural history museum in the United States.
Historical Battlefield (Saratoga, NY) - comprises three
separate units, the 4 square mile Battlefield in Stillwater, New York,
the General Philip Schuyler House eight miles north in Schuylerville and
the Saratoga Monument in the nearby village of Victory.
(Schenectady, NY) - history and science exhibits, planetarium and hands
on activities for children.
Mansion (Albany, NY) - Completed in 1763, Philip Schuyler
(1733-1804), a descendant of Albany's earliest settlers, chose an
80-acre parcel of farmland just south of the city of Albany as the site
for his home.
Slate Valley Museum
(Granville, NY) - exhibits dedicated to the history and culture of the
slate industry. Photographs, videos, local arts, and tours of working
quarries are featured.
Lighthouse & Museum - located at Lake Ontario and the entrance
to Sodus Bay.
Seaport Museum - contains square-rigged tall ships, schooners and
maritime exhibits and galleries. Provides maritime history,
entertainment and education.
Southold Indian Museum
- dedicated to the cultural history of the Indians of Long Island, and a
chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association.
Strong Museum - a hands-on
history center for children and families. Learn about the museum and try
some activities from our exhibitions.
Susan B. Anthony House
- information about the museum, a virtual tour, and links to Suffrage
Toy Town Museum (East
Aurora, NY) - guided tours give insight into the history of toys and how
manufacturing, materials, inventions and World events influenced the
Vanderbilt Museum and
Planetarium - natural history museum and planetarium.
Birthplace (Huntington Station, NY) - guided tours available.
Yasgur Road Productions
(Bethel, NY) - The original Woodstock festival took place
on 40 acres in Bethel, NY in 1969 and hosts an annual reunion to
commemorate the Woodstock spirit of peace, love and music.
Zadock Pratt Museum (Prattsville,
NY) - exhibits, museum events, lodging and shopping guide, and more.