Albany Museums & History

Albany Museums & HistoryExplore the history of Albany when you spend a day at its museums. Overwhelmed by which ones to visit in the capital city? Our list simplifies the decision process and makes sure you visit museums that introduce you to the city’s past, present and future.

Schuyler Mansion
Step into the shoes of a general at the Schuyler Mansion Historic Site. The historic landmark is the private residence of Philip J. Schuyler, a Revolutionary War general, U.S. Senator, and business entrepreneur. You’ll peek into his private life and learn about his military strategizing and political socializing.

Address: 32 Catherine Street, Albany, NY 12202 - MAP
Phone: (518) 434-0834
Web: nysparks.com

National Museum of Racing & Hall of Fame
They're off! Learn about the history of American thoroughbred racing at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. The museum collects and preserves artifacts, memorabilia, films and more through informative exhibits and its hall of fame, which honors 186 thoroughbreds, 93 jockeys and 88 trainers.

Phone: (518) 584-0400
Web: www.racingmuseum.org

New Netherland Museum & The Half Moon
All aboard! The New Netherland Museum operates The Half Moon, a ship of exploration that sailed from Holland to the New World in 1609. Learn about the travels of Captain Henry Hudson, a famous explorer of Arctic waters and his exploits across Asia. Step onto what seems like a pirate ship for a different kind of museum adventure.

Web: www.newnetherland.org

New York State Museum
Stop, look and listen at the New York State Museum. The museum is your eyes and ears to the State of New York’s past, present and future. Explore science, art and history through exhibitions, traveling exhibits, digital technology and more. This is a state treasure that welcomes more than 750,000 visitors each year.

Phone: (518) 474-5877
Web: www.nysm.nysed.gov

University Art Museum
Get an artistic education at the University Art Museum at the University of Albany. See the work of collegiate art students as they prepare to be the world’s next generation of great artists as well as the collections and exhibits by classic and modern masters. This is a degree in art you don’t want to miss!

Address: University of Albany, Albany, NY - MAP
Phone: (518) 442-4035
Web: www.albany.edu

USS Slater
Visit a floating war museum! The USS Slater is a destroyer escort and out of 563 destroyer escorts, it is the only remaining afloat in the US today. Climb aboard to take a tour through the ships steel halls and learn about the stories of the men who defended naval task forces from Japanese submarines and Kamikaze air attacks.

Address: 141 Broadway, Albany, NY 12202 - MAP
Phone: (518) 431-1943
Web: www.ussslater.org