• 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.


73rd Regiment, New York Volunteers Flag


This flag carried by the 73rd New York Volunteers, or “Fourth Excelsior,” includes 34 gold-painted stars in a pattern

typically found on national colors from the Schuylkill Arsenal in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Organized July-October

1861 in New York City’s Bowery neighborhood, the regiment included recruits from among the city’s volunteer

firemen to earn the moniker, “Second Fire Zouaves,” in deference to Colonel Elmer Ellsworth’s original “Fire

Zouaves” regiment formed in April 1861. Mustered out on June 29, 1865, the regiment deposited this flag with state

authorities in August 1865. (2008.0189).



73rd New York Volunteers National Color

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Alexander Hamilton artifact at the New York State Military Museum

The New York Light Infantry under the command of Colonel Alexander Hamilton captured this British six pound smoothbore cannon at the siege of Yorktown, Virginia in October 1781. Though hostilities did not end until 1783, the British defeat at Yorktown effectively ended the Revolutionary War.

Inscription reads:





OCT. 19, 1781 

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

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(518) 226-0490

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


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