History Cafe - Protest, Pride & Community: Representing LGBTQ+ Stories in the Museum's Collection
Join us on Tuesday, October 22 at 6:00 pm for the first History Cafe program of the season!

New York State history is rich in stories of LGBTQ+ individuals, their accomplishments, and the fight for equality. Until recently, these stories were underrepresented in the New York State Museum’s collections. Join senior historian Ashley Hopkins-Benton to learn about the LGBTQ+ artifacts the Museum currently has, the hidden stories we have coaxed out of our collection, and how we will work to grow the collection in the future.

This program is free and located at The Hollow Bar + Kitchen at 79 North Pearl Street in Albany, New York. Food and drink will be available for purchase.
Brain Food for the Curious
Lunchtime Talk Series
Returns for the 2019-2020 Season
Bring your lunch and learn something new during our "Brain Food for the Curious" lunchtime talks!

Held on select Tuesdays October through March from 12:10 - 12:40 pm, each program includes a 20-minute talk followed by a question and answer period.

A full schedule is available on our website . The Brain Food talks in October are:

Tuesday, October 15
Criminal justice reform has been called one of the most significant civil rights issues of the modern era. Museums and historic collections are increasingly being called upon to explain the history of mass incarceration in the United States. Join Aaron Noble, senior historian of political and military history, to explore recent examples of how museums have engaged diverse audiences in these complicated narratives and look at how New York State Museum collections can foster similar discussions across the state. 

Tuesday, October 22
The New York State Museum will host the exhibition, Tonalism: Pathway from the Hudson River School to Modern Art in 2020. Karen Quinn, senior curator of art and culture, will explain what tonalism is and why this turn-of-the-twentieth-century style was all the rage and then fell out of favor.
October Programs
Thursday, October 3
11:00 - 11:45 am
Listen to a story and create a fun art project. This program is ideal for toddlers and preschoolers.
Wednesday, October 16
12:00 - 12:30 pm
Discover Woodstock’s importance as an art colony long before the famous music festival in 1969.
Saturday, October 19
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Imagine what life was like for children on the Erie Canal! Use a 1903 Erie Canal map and a variety of objects to take a trip through history. 
Saturday, October 19
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Participate in interactive chemistry demonstrations, fun hands-on activities, and experiments. There will also be door prizes, as well as a student-illustrated, chemistry-themed poetry contest.
Sunday, October 27
12:00 - 3:00 pm
Create creepy art projects, play ghoulish games, see spooky science experiments, and more. Costumes are encouraged - a children's costume parade at 3:00 pm will end the festivities.
Saturday, October 5, 12, 19 and 26
12:30 pm & 2:30 pm
Tour the historic State Education Building during this 45-minute tour led by State Museum staff.
Museum Scientist Makes a Unique Discovery
State Museum scientists, working together with the United States Geological Survey, made a unique discovery during a fish survey this summer in western New York when they collected a Spotted Gar, a species that has never been documented in New York waters!

Markedly different from the native species Longnose Gar, there are three possible reasons for the presence of this specimen in the Oak Orchard Creek where it was found: 1) release of an aquarium specimen; 2) migration of a single individual to Lake Ontario from Lake Erie; 3) establishment, natural or otherwise, of a permanent population of Spotted Gar in Lake Ontario and its tributaries.

Further investigations and genetic testing will be conducted to possibly determine the Spotted Gar's origins and determine if more of the unique fish will make their way into New York waters.
Photo of gar fish specimens
(Top) Spotted Gar captured in Oak Orchard Creek; (Bottom) Longnose Gar captured in the same survey
Gift Shop Featured Item
You can now bring some of the artwork from the Woodstock Art Colony exhibit home with you! Now available for $7.99 each at the Museum Gift Shop are two 11 x 14 prints of artwork featured in the exhibit:  Autumn Hillside  by George Ault and  Woman in Black Hat with Cigarette  by Winold Reiss.

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