Best Museums in Upstate New York

At Fun New York, we have provided you with all the top museums in Upstate New York that you will be raving about for years to come. If you're planning to visit only the best museums in Upstate NY, see our extensive guide to the best Upstate New York museums.

Albany Institute of History & Art

One of the Best Museums in Upstate New York!

Located in downtown Albany, the Albany Institute of History & Art is one of the oldest standing museums in the U.S.  Within the premises, you'll find over 20,000 objects in its permanent collection; including 1,600 paintings, 1,100 drawings, 4,000 prints, 600 sculptures, 500 pieces of furniture, 4,000 pieces of clothing and accessories, 1,200 ceramics, and 5,450 additional historical artifacts.


The library features a collection of more than 1 million items including photographs, manuscripts, architectural drawings, maps, scrapbooks, and 125 periodicals and newsletters.  Stop by the museum shop and explore a nice selection of items that reflect the current exhibitions, items from the collections, and the works of local artists.

The Children's Museum of Science and Technology

One of the Top Museums in Upstate NY!

Named a Top 20 Science Center by Parents magazine, The Children's Museum of Science and Technology allows your kids to explore, discover, and imagine to their hearts' desire!  Your children will be entertained by the museum's variety of animal shows, planetarium shows, workshops, and much more.   


One of the great exhibits is Living Indoor Hudson River, in which your kids get to explore one of America's most historically significant tidal rivers.  Or take them to Weather Front, where they'll get to learn where weather comes from and how weather systems work.  See-more's Explore Store, the museum's gift shop, offers a large range of imaginative toys and souvenirs that all ages will enjoy.