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New York History & Museums

Take some time this winter to explore  New York State's rich and influential history with a visit to a historical site or museum!

It may be home to one of the greatest dinosaur fossil collections in the world, but there's always something new to explore at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. If you've ever marveled over the famed naturalist Roger Tory Peterson's field guides to nature, his extensive archives in Jamestown are worth a trip upstate. Or explore the wonders of nature at two must-see museums in the Adirondacks: the Wild Center and the Adirondack Museum.

Transportation museums illustrate the ways mobility has changed through the years. Two Long Island museums focusing on the topic are the Long Island Museum of American Art, History and Carriages and the Cradle of Aviation Museum. The Classic Car Museum in Norwich is nirvana for car lovers.

The pivotal roles played by New York farmers, slate quarry workers, saw mill operators, women's rights advocates, firemen, filmmakers - and even by hippies and musicians in the ‘60s - are captured in museums too. Most of New York's National Historic Sites were once owned by wealthy industrialists, Presidents, Governors and other leaders. ‘House museums,' such as the Harriet Tubman Home in Auburn focus on preserving the collections and records related to a particular person or events. Go behind the scenes of some of the greatest feats in the sports world and explore New York's Olympic history at the Olympic Center at Lake Placid.

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