New York State Museum

New York State Museum

222 Madison Ave
, NY 12230

HOURS: Tuesday - Sunday, 9:30 AM - 5 PM Closed Mondays Closed Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day Carousel Hours of Operation: 10 AM – 4:30 PM Tuesday – Sunday.
CALL:  (518) 474-5877


The New York State Museum serves the lifelong educational needs of New Yorkers and visitors through its collections, exhibitions, scholarship, programs, media and publications in science, history, anthropology, and art. The Museum explores and expresses New York State’s significant natural and cultural diversity, past and present.

The New York State Museum is a center of art, science, and history dedicated to exploring the human and natural history of the state. Established in 1836, it is the oldest and largest state museum in the country. From its beginning, the Museum has been home to some of the nation’s leading scientists, including the founders of American paleontology, ethnology, botany and mycology. Its collections rank among the finest in many fields and total more than 16 million scientific specimens and one million cultural objects.

The full-sized carousel, made between 1912 and 1916 by the Herschell-Spillman Company of North Tonawanda, New York, represents the heart and soul of amusement rides at the turn of the 20th Century. A familiar memento of American childhood, the State Museum is fortunate to have been able to play a role in the preservation—and continued enjoyment—of this example of American folk art and popular entertainment.

Hours of Operation: 10 AM – 4:30 PM Tuesday – Sunday.
Carousel may close periodically for maintenance and special events.
Rides are free. Donations gratefully accepted.



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