• Welcome to the New York State Military Museum

    Welcome to the New York State Military Museum

    The mission of the museum and research center is to preserve, interpret and disseminate the story, history and records of New York State’s military forces and veterans.

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  • Sherman Tank Returns!

    Sherman Tank Returns!

    Our Sherman Tank returns to the NYS Military Museum from Fort Drum after a year long restoration, to it's permanent exhibit spot.

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    The exhibit features a dazzling array of militia and National Guard distinctive unit dress uniforms, ballot boxes and decorative bronze trophies that interpret the social organization of the National Guard, original artifacts from the USS Maine, and a carronade captured during the 1857 Dead Rabbits Riot in New York City.

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  • Battleground for Freedom

    Battleground for Freedom

    No less than 120 military engagements occurred on New York soil, more than in any other state, ranging in scale and significance from the decisive Battle of Saratoga to numerous bitter skirmishes and ruthless raids that raged throughout the frontier settlements...

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  • Some Great Past Exhibits

    Some Great Past Exhibits

Welcome to the New York State Military Museum

The mission of Friends is to be a support to the museum, to aid in fund raising for exhibits and displays, as well as assisting in drawing attention to the museum through programs, lectures and events. As the board of trustees, we are the elected board which helps direct the membership to facilitate the support mission of the non profit group.


Veteran of the Year for 2019

Our Veteran of the Year ceremony was held this past Saturday, November 2nd at the Military Museum.  The honoree this year was SP4 John Wands Sacca.  Pictured below are from left to right, Congressman Paul Tonko, Colonel Jake Goldberg, ARNG PAO, Rev. Charlene Robbins, SPF Sacca, Barry Hartman, Friends of the New York State  Military Museum and Brigadier General John Andonie, Dir. Joint Staff, New York National Guard.


Volunteer Docent-Mark Pollak

Frequently, we try and sing the praises of our volunteer docents at the military Museum.  Our museum could not exist without our volunteers who tirelessly contribute their time manning the front desk at the museum.  One of our long time volunteers, started volunteering  before 2015, and still volunteering is Mark Pollak. 

Mark, from Gloversville, grew up there, attended St. Marys Elementary School and Bishop Burke High School.  His parents grew up in the Gloversville, Johnstown area.  Mark’s father served in World War II with the Sixth Armored Division in France and Germany.  He and his wife have raised two children, a son and a daughter.

Mark worked for thirty-five years with the Gloversville Fire Department and retired recently.  In his spare time, he is President of the Board of Directors for the Fulton County Museum in Gloversville.  This museum was established in 1972 in what was an old elementary school in Gloversville. And, during racing season, Mark works at the Saratoga Springs Race Track as a fire marshal.

Being interested in military history drew Mark to our museum as a volunteer docent and his love of local history has resulted in Mark’s commitment to our museum.



Museum Hours

Tuesday - Saturday | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Closed Sunday & Monday)

Research Center Hours

Appointments are required.
Tuesday – Friday | 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

The museum is closed on
all New York State & Federal Holidays.

61 Lake Avenue
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
(518) 581-5100

Museum Store
(518) 226-0490

Due to staffing concerns the museum
can no longer accept telephone inquiries.


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