Native Peoples of New York Gallery Closed July 1 - August 5
The Native Peoples of New York gallery will be closed July 1 – August 5 for required maintenance. We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience. We look forward to reopening the gallery on Tuesday, August 6.
July Programs
Saturday, July 13, 20 & 27
12:30 pm & 2:30 pm
Tour the historic State Education Building during this 45-minute tour led by State Museum staff.
Tuesday, July 9
See over 100 artworks during this lunchtime tour.
Saturday, July 13
1 pm
Create your own art using cubism and abstraction. This program is for children ages 9 and older.
Sunday, July 14
10 am

New York State Museum Geologist Chuck Ver Straeten will share some of his extensive knowledge about the rocks of the Catskill Mountains on this hike to the quarries in the Devil’s Kitchen area and on to Codfish Point. Most of the hike is along the trail toward Overlook Mountain, with stops at the quarry at Codfish Point and a possible bushwhack to a quarry on Plattekill Mountain. This is a moderate hike of 5 miles roundtrip and an elevation change of 1,000 feet.

The group will meet in the Kaaterskill Rail Trail parking lot at the Mountain Top Historical Society campus in Haines Falls, New York, at 10 a.m. to carpool to the Catskill Center property in Platte Clove. This hike will not descend into Platte Clove. Wear hiking shoes and proper attire. Pack water and a lunch. For more information, please call (518) 589-6657.  
Collections Spotlight: Whales
It's often difficult for museums to take whale specimens into their collections as the skeletons take up quite a bit of space!

The largest mammal species on earth, the blue whale, can measure up to 100 feet long and can weigh over 170 tons! Fortunately, the New York State Museum maintains a representative collection of both toothed and baleen whales that can be found in the ocean off the coast of New York.

The State Museum has several whale specimens curated in the mammalogy collections including a Right Whale, Fin Whale, Cuvier’s Beaked Whale, and Minke Whale.
Gift Shop Item of the Month
Protect your face and eyes from the sun this summer with a hat from the Museum Gift Shop. Available in red and blue for $14.99, the hat promotes both Albany and the State Museum.

For more information, contact the Museum Gift Shop at 518-449-7860.