Currently Listening to: Calvin Harris
Location: Albany, NY
Finally another adventure to tell you guys about! This was done during girls weekend back in late January. I added the location of the museum to this post because honestly, I know people who don’t know that Albany is the capital of New York. It is, which is why the New York State Museum is located there!
The Museum is located right in the heart of the capital. It’s probably about a 1/2 mile from most of the state offices including the Capital building (which by the way is gorgeous along with the Education building — I recommend going by just to see it) . My friends were coming to visit from Vermont and I decided to bring them to some history. They actually ended up loving it, I was a little apprehensive that they might not just because it was educational but I guess now that we are older we like that kind of stuff. I haven’t been in years so I was excited to go again and see what was new. Admission is free and all of the people were SO helpful which is always nice.
‘The forces of evil that committed this atrocity against humankind have caused pain that will last generations, pain that has claimed lives of innocent men, women, and children. But evil never prevails. Freedom, despite it’s vulnerabilities to that evil always will” Governor George Pataki, September 2001.
The most emotional part for me was the 9/11 memorial. I am a New Yorker and always will be. I remember where I was, who I was with and what I was doing when I heard about it. I was young so I didn’t really understand the ramifications at the time. The segment in the museum does justice to the people who lost their lives that day, and to the people who ran into the buildings with courage to save their fellow human being. The amount of things that were recovered really puts into perspective what happened that day. . I can’t walk through that section without tearing up. I hope I go to NYC this summer and finally get to visit the World Trade Center location. It’s been on my list for too long.
Okay, on to something a little less emotional. There are multiple different sections to see other than the 9/11 memorial: an Art section, a sesame street section, a section on the beginning of NY, upstate NY, and a section on NYC. I really enjoyed the section on “old New York”, there was some really cool old pottery and artifacts that had been found and I just love that kind of stuff. There was also a special exhibit that changes every once in awhile, which always makes you want to go back for more! On the top floor, there is a very old carousel that you can ride which is perfect for children. I think it was built in the early 1900s so it’s remarkable to not only see what they looked like but to be able to ride one that is functional.
Overall, I would totally recommend this museum for ALL ages. I plan to have it be a recurring trip for everyone who comes to visit us from Vermont. I think it would be hard for someone not to enjoy it.