Albany and Central New York Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Albany and Central New York - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Albany Institute of History and Art

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The 1791 museum, the state's oldest, has annual rotating exhibits and an impressive permanent collection that includes Hudson River School...

Arkell Museum at Canajoharie

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The collection of paintings, largely by American artists, includes works by such well-known painters as Winslow Homer, Gilbert Stuart,...

Arts Center of the Capital Region

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Two gallery spaces display contemporary and folk pieces by local and regional artists. One- and two-day classes are offered in art, photography...

Children's Museum for Science and Technology

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Kids can learn about Mohican life or bees and pollination through the interactive exhibits here, which cover science, history, and art.

Children's Museum of History, Natural History, Science and Technology

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A brick building in the historic Main Street district houses four floors of hands-on exhibits for all ages. There's a Dinorama, with...

Children's Museum of Saratoga

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At this museum with hands-on exhibits geared for kids three to ninash in a model diner. ...

Cottage Lawn

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The 1849 Gothic Revival cottage, headquarters of the Madison County Historical Society, was designed by noted architect Alexander Jackson...

Empire State Aerosciences Museum

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Cruise through aviation history via dioramas, models, photos, and interactive displays at the Schenectady County Airport, near the...

Erie Canal Village

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Digging of the Erie Canal started in 1817 on this site, now home to a re-created 19th-century canal settlement. You can visit a tavern,...

Farmers' Museum

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The 10 acres on which this museum is set have been dedicated to farming in one way or another since the days of James Fenimore Cooper.


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