Profile - New York State Museum

Our history of inquiry, discovery, and education began in 1836 when we were established as the State Geological and Natural History Survey. Over the years, we have grown into a major research and an educational institution dedicated to preserving New York's rich artistic, social, historical, and environmental legacies under the leadership of the New York State Education Department. Our mission is two-fold:

To promote inquiry and advance knowledge in the fields of geology, biology, anthropology, and history through the investigation of material evidence germane to New York State's past, present and future,

To share this knowledge through exhibits and other means with wide and diverse audiences, whom we encourage to take delight in learning by participating in the discovery processes central to our work.

Mission Statement

The New York State Museum is a major research and educational institution. It is dedicated to promoting inquiry and advancing knowledge in the fields of geology, biology, anthropology, and history, through the investigation of material evidence germane to New York State's past, present and future. The Museum shares this knowledge through exhibits and other means with wide and diverse audiences. It encourages these audiences to take delight in learning by participating in the discovery process central to its work.

Vision Statement

"Provide leadership in the translation, interpretation and explanation of the history and evolution of New York State's land and inhabitants so as to create excitement in discovery and learning."

For more information about the New York State Museum, its mission, vision, and plans, contact the State Museum Office of Communication, 3099, Cultural Education Center, Albany, NY 12230





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