New York History & Museums

New York's past comes alive

Whether you prefer fine art, rustic crafts, working farms, science and technology, pop culture, or stirring living history reenactments, New York's museums and historic sites are ready to amaze.

Fine art

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Palatial museums like The Met and the American Museum of Natural History dot neighborhoods from Chelsea to Williamsburg. Leading artists of the last half-century are elbow to elbow at Dia:Beacon Riggio Galleries in Beacon. The Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington spans 500 years of Western art, while The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls blends present with past.

History and culture

New York is a land of countless cultures, revealed at local historical societies across the state. Typical is the Bolton Historical Museum where you can see and feel tools, boats, ice harvesting equipment and vintage clothing. The Sport of Kings is on display at Saratoga Springs' National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, located opposite historic Saratoga Race Course. Catch the whimsical folk art collection at the Fenimore Art Museum, or stroll the Adirondack Museum's 22 galleries that brim with history.


TheLucy-DesiMuseumNew York is a city of immigrants, and many of their stories live on at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. Walk the ground where so many of our ancestors stepped onto American soil at Ellis Island. Remember Lucy at Jamestown's Lucy Desi Center for Comedy, relive the ‘60s at Woodstock's Bethel Woods Center For The Arts, or crack a bat at Cooperstown's Baseball Hall of Fame. Charming can't begin to describe the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum, and oceans of chrome motor you through automotive history at the Northeast Classic Car Museum in Norwich.

Science and nature

The curious flock to Utica's Children's Museum of History, Science & Technology, the Long Island Children's Museum, and the Buffalo Museum of Science. East Aurora's Explore & More caters to kids age 10 and younger, and families can feed a penguin, view feeding sharks or chat with otters at the Aquarium of Niagara. The Staten Island Children's Museum lets you explore a rainforest cave, drive a dogsled, dive to the ocean floor or host a radio show, while Schenectady's miSci offers Sky Tour planetarium shows and lab workshops.

Living history

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New York history is alive and well. From its bluff above Lake Ontario, Old Fort Niagara stages live demonstrations. Open through October, Fort William Henry is hard to miss in the Lake George landscape. A bit further north at Fort Ticonderoga you can see battle reenactments against the boom of cannon. Just outside Rochester, step into the 1800s at the Genesee Country Village & Museum with costumed interpreters. At Schoharie's Stone Fort Days in October you can meet soldiers, settlers and Native Americans as they go about their 18th century lives. Visit the Mohawk Valley's oldest standing home, the Mabee Farm, for a taste of colonial hospitality through the end of October. Then experience 1845 village life at The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown.

Links You May Like:


Adirondack Museum
Bolton Historical Museum
Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga
Fort William Henry, Lake George
The Hyde


Mabee Farm Historic Site
National Museum of Racing
Irish American Heritage Museum
New York State Museum 


Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
Bevier House Museum
Delaware County Historical Association
Thomas Cole National Historic Site 


Baseball Hall of Fame
The Farmers' Museum
Fenimore Art Museum
Fort Stanwix National Monument, Rome
Northeast Classic Car Museum
The Old Stone Fort Museum


American Museum of Cutlery
Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame
Dunkirk Lighthouse
Frank Lloyd Wright's Graycliff Estate
Lucy Desi Center for Comedy
Midway State Park Museum 


Finger Lakes Museum
Genesee Country Village & Museum
George Eastman House
National Women's Hall of Fame


Aquarium of Niagara
Buffalo Museum of Science
Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village
Explore & More
Old Fort Niagara
Pierce Arrow Museum
Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum 


Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame
Hudson River Maritime Museum


Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum
Heckscher Museum
Long Island Children's Museum
Oheka Castle
Sag Harbor Whaling Museum
Stony Brook Village 


American Museum of Natural History
Dia Art Foundation
Ellis Island
Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island
The Met
Staten Island Childrens' Museum
Tenement Museum


Fort Drum Museum
Rock Island Lighthouse
Sacket's Harbor Battlefield
Thousand Islands Museum

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