New York State

History and Social Studies

Featured History Museums/Exhibits

Cradle of Aviation Museum

At the Cradle of Aviation Museum, groups can explore over 150,000 square feet featuring 75 air and spacecraft from a hot air balloon to an actual Lunar Module. Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City, NY 11530. Tel: 516-572-4066. Cost: Fee.... More Info

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Albany Institute of History & Art

In a program about the Hudson River School painters, groups can use landscape painting as a way to explore 19th century American culture, and past attitudes toward the environment. 125 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210. Tel: 518-463-4478. Cost: Fee.

Amherst Museum

3755 Tonawanda Creek Rd., Amherst, New York 14228. 716-689-1440. Experience 19th century life on the Niagara Frontier and tour historic homes, churches and one-room schoolhouses on 35-acre grounds with exhibits on local history, textiles, art and the Erie Canal. Fee.

Bronck Museum

Students can learn more about the 17th century house and barns featuring period furniture and exhibits of life in Dutch colonial times. 90 County Rd. 42, Coxsackie, NY 12051. Tel: 518-731-6490. Cost: Fee.

Brookside Museum

Experience hands-on history at this 1792 hotel building in the historic Village of Ballston Spa. 6 Charlton Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020. Tel: 518-885-4000. Cost: Fee.

Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society

Groups can explore the Niagara Frontier’s rich history through the museum's 100,000 artifacts, 200,000 photographs, and 20,000 books that provide insight into the history of Western New York. 1 Museum Ct., Buffalo, NY 14216. Tel: 716-873-9644 ext. 304. Cost: Fee.

Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum

1031 Old Rte. 17, Livingston Manor, NY 12758. 845-439-4810. Dedicated to preserving America’s fly-fishing heritage, teaching future generations of fly fishers, and protecting the fly-fishing environment. Fee/Free.

D & H Canal Historical Society

23 Mohonk Rd., High Falls, NY 12440. 845-687-9311. Learn about the Delaware and Hudson Canal and 19th century life through models, photographs, and artwork. Fee.

Empire State Aerosciences Museum

Learn about the history of flight and New York State’s impact on the development of aviation. 250 Rudy Chase Dr., Glenville, NY 12302. Tel: 518-377-2191, ext. 10. Cost: Fee.

Erie Canal Discovery Center

A state-of-the-art interpretive center for the Erie Canal, and particularly the role that Lockport, NY played in the Canal’s history. 24 Church St., Lockport, New York 14094. Tel: 716-439-0431. Cost: Fee.

Erie Canal Museum

View the only existing weightlock building in the United States and learn about the history, construction, impact, and legacy of the Erie Canal. 318 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse, NY 13202. Tel: 315-471-0593. Cost: Fee.

Historical Society of Rockland County

20 Zukor Rd., New City, NY 10956. 845-634-9629. Exhibits on the history of Rockland County from the earliest Native Americans through the present. Programs give students the opportunity to experience hands on what life was like for the Lenape, including corn grinding, clothing and games. Fee.

Holocaust Museum and Study Center

The museum's audio exhibit titled The Hiding allows groups to experience what it might have been like to be in hiding from the Nazis. 145 College Road, Suffern, New York 10901. Tel: 845-574-4099. Cost: Free.

Hudson River Maritime Museum

The museum's Kingston Home Port and Education Center offers hands-on exhibits and activities for groups on sailing, the history of boat building on the Hudson River, knot-tying, semaphore (signal flags), and more. 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston, NY 12401. Tel: 845-338-0071 ext. 16. Cost: Fee.

John Brown Farm State Historic Site

115 John Brown Rd., Lake Placid, New York 12946. 518-523-3900. Learn about abolitionist John Brown at his home, which has been restored to its late 1800s condition. The outdoor interpretive displays provide photographs and descriptions of the men who joined in the raid on Harper's Ferry. Fee.

Maritime Explorium

101 East Broadway, Port Jefferson, NY 11777. 631-331-3277. Over a dozen hands-on exhibits focusing on the history and science of Long Island’s maritime heritage. Fee.

Museum at Bethel Woods

Located near the historic 1969 Woodstock concert site, age-appropriate programs on recent history include “Explore the Sixties” and “Revolution Evolution: How is History Made?” 200 Hurd Rd., Bethel, NY 12720. Tel: 866-781-2922. Cost: Fee.

National Bottle Museum

76 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa, New York 12020. 518-885-7589. Learn about early bottle making methods and view the surviving hand tools, a miniature model of a typical 1800s glass furnace, and exhibits of hand made bottles. Fee.

National Museum of Dance & Hall of Fame

Located in what used to be the Washington Bathhouse, the museum features a large collection of photos, videos, costumes, and artifacts that document the history of dance. 99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Tel: 518-584-2225, ext. 3001. Cost: Fee.