New York History & Museums

Uncover New York State's Rich and Influential History

Cradle of Aviation Museum - Photo by Jennifer BaxmeyerFirst settled by Native Americans in 10,000 B.C., one of the original 13 colonies and a key player in the American and Industrial revolutions, New York State has a fascinating history that is celebrated and preserved at an unparalleled network of museums, historic sites, and other cultural institutions.

See one of the greatest dinosaur fossil collections in the world at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Be awed by the beauty and history of the Adirondacks at the Wild Center and the Adirondack Museum.

Transportation museums, like the Long Island Museum of American Art, History and Carriages and the Cradle of Aviation Museum, both on Long Island, illustrate the ways mobility has changed through the years.

You'll also find museums spotlighting the pivotal roles played in New York by Native Americans, farmers, slate quarry workers, saw mill operators, women's rights advocates, firemen, filmmakers, Olympic athletes - and even hippies and musicians in the ‘60s. Most of New York's National Historic Sites were once owned by wealthy industrialists, Presidents, Governors and other leaders. If you're looking for a real feel for history, step inside the homes of historical figures like Harriet Tubman and artist Thomas Cole.

Discover more captivating New York State history and create your own themed adventures along the Path Through History.

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