Albany Institute of History & Art
Founded in 1791 and one of the oldest museums in the nation, the Albany Institute of History and Art is dedicated to collecting, interpreting and promoting interest in the history, art and culture of Albany and the Upper Hudson Valley.
Irish American Heritage Museum
This local museum is committed to the basic tenet that preserving one’s heritage is vital to providing a cultural and historical foundation to future generations of Americans.
New York State Museum
Our American cultural mosaic would not be the same without our very own state of New York. The scholarship and exhibitions of the New York State Museum is a credit to our national record and we are proud to have it here in Albany.
National St. Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine & Mohawk Caughnawaga Indian Museum
A sacred place of peace, healing, history, and holiness, the Shrine has served our community as a mission of the Conventual Franciscan Friars since 1938. St. Kateri is, fittingly, the patron saint of the environment and ecology.
Walter Elwood Museum of the Mohawk Valley
Home to nearly 25,000 multicultural, Victorian, natural, and historical artifacts, this museum has served to link school curriculum to the dynamic richness of our common cultural heritage, and has functioned as an intellectual and artistic center for Amsterdam and the Mohawk Valley.
Children’s Museum of Science and Technology
The region’s only science center for children, this facility reflects the cutting-edge intellect and optimism of our economy and educational institutions in Rensselaer County. CMOST’s programs feature hands-on STEAM activities, classrooms, libraries, community centers and learning labs.
Hart Cluett Museum
Amid the 19th century townhouses in Troy Historic District’s downtown sits a white marble house, intact and immaculately cared for since its construction in 1827. Today, the Hart Cluett Museum serves as a monument, architecturally and culturally significant to New York and American life at large.
Saratoga Automobile Museum
The Museum’s mission is to preserve, interpret and exhibit automobiles and automotive artifacts. In addition to technical and design aspects, our educational focus is on the past, present and future social and economic impact of the automobile.
National Museum of Dance
The mission of the National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame is to celebrate, develop, and promote a lasting appreciation and understanding of dance and its rich history. It is the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to this art form.
New York State Military Museum
Our local heroes are sources of pride both locally and nationally. The mission of this research center is to interpret and disseminate the records of our military forces and veterans. Begun in 1863 and retaining a permanent collection in 2001 at the historic armory in Saratoga Springs, this institute is a fine example of armory architecture popular in Upstate New York in the late 19th century.
National Museum of Racing
This museum and hall of fame was founded in 1951 in Saratoga Springs to honor the achievements of American Thoroughbred racehorses, jockeys and trainers. New honorees are inducted each year and the museum houses a large collection of art, artifacts, and memorabilia that document the history of horseracing from the 18th century to today.
Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center
As a pivotal gateway for New York’s immigration and commerce, Waterford and its neighboring communities reflect an interrelated history of innovation, industry and ingenuity. Using traditional and new technologies, WHMCC stirs the imagination, interest and involvement of residents and visitors alike in this unfolding local story of history and culture.
Empire State Aerosciences Museum
The Empire State Aerosciences Museum is a non-profit museum which strives to educate, entertain and excite with experiences in air and space. Its two galleries contain more fragile aircraft, detailed models, artifacts, memorabilia and photographs. Other exhibits include the Amelia Earhart Exhibit, the DePischoff “flying motorcycle”, and a 32 foot scale model of the Japanese World War II aircraft carrier Akagi.
miSci – Museum of Innovation and Science
The miSci archive includes more than 1.6 million prints and negatives from the General Electric photograph collection, over 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials, and approximately 15,000 objects related to science and technology. In addition to its collections and exhibits, miSci operates the Challenger Learning Center, Dudley Observatory, and Suits-Bueche Planetarium.
Smithsonian Institution Building
The Smithsonian Institution’s administrative offices are located near the National Mall in Washington, D.C. behind the National Museum of African Art and the Sackler Gallery. The building is constructed of Seneca red sandstone in the faux Norman style (a 12th-century combination of late Romanesque and early Gothic motifs; built in the Gothic and Romanesque revival styles) and is nicknamed The Castle. It was completed in 1855 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1965.
Fittingly, the Joseph Henry statue sits outside the entrance. The first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution from 1846-1878, Henry was born in Albany and raised in Galway.
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Early efforts to establish a federally owned museum featuring African-American history and culture can be traced to 1915, although the modern push for such an organization did not begin until the 1970s. After years of little success, a much more serious legislative push began in 1988 that led to authorization of the museum in 2003.
The NMAAHC proved immediately popular, ranking as the fourth most-visited Smithsonian museum in its first full year of operation. The museum has more than 40,000 objects in its collection, although only about 3,500 items are on display.