• 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.


Our conserved flag collection

From our conserved flag collection at the Military Museum:

The “Sons of Saratoga,” citizens from Saratoga living in New York City, presented this Regimental Color to the 77th New York Volunteers on November 29, 1861, at City Hall in New York City. Made by Tiffany & Co., the flag features painted Revolutionary War battle scenes, including British General John Burgoyne’s surrender at Saratoga, October 1777. The “Bemis Heights Battalion” carried the inspirational color until July 1863, including at Marye’s Heights, May 3, 1863, where an artillery shell pierced the flag and wounded three men.

The painted decorations on the flag include, in the center, the Arms of the State of New York without the female supporters Liberty and Justice. Painted to the left of the Arms, and extant on the flag’s obverse, is an image of General John Burgoyne’s surrender at Saratoga, October 1777. This image features the “stars and stripes” flag adopted by the Continental Congress, June 1777. Painted to the right, and extant on the flag’s reverse, is an image of American soldiers battling under the Continental Grand Union flag.

This flag, used by the colonials prior to June 1777, had thirteen red and white stripes with the British Grand Union in the canton.(2002.0059)

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  • Support the Friends of the New York State Military Museum


    Help the Friends and support the Military Museum. While the museum is closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Friends of the New York State Military Museum are still carrying on the work of supporting the museum in all of its activities. Plans are still going forward for new exhibits, fundraising activities are continuing, and the Friends Board is continuing to advocate for the museum and spread the word about the wonderful exhibits at the museum. Please consider making a donation so we can continue our work on behalf of the museum. 

    Your membership includes a discount for purchases at the museum store, emails and newsletters on upcoming activities, and most importantly supporting the important work of the museum preserving our rich military history of New York State.  You can use our "membership" button at the top of this page to learn more about becoming a member.

     Our "Donate" button at the top of this page will allow you to either make a one-time donation or become a sustaining member.  Please consider supporting the Friends of the New York State Military Museum.  Thank you.  

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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