• 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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  • A CALL NOT UNHEEDED

    A CALL NOT UNHEEDED

    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 Nine Eleven observance this year

    In remembrance of those that lost their lives  on September 11, 2001. 

         

  • New York State Military Museum marks 9/11 with exhibit

    A New York Police Department parking enforcement vehicle that was crushed when the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center collapsed in Manhattan on 9/11 is unloaded outside the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs, New York, Aug. 16, 2021. The vehicle, on loan from the New York State Museum, will be part of an exhibit at the museum, run by the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs, on the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The New York State Military Museum will open an exhibit about the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on the 20th anniversary of the attacks.

    The exhibit tells the story of that day, Sept. 11, 2001, and the New York National Guard's response through numerous artifacts.

    "The New York National Guard played an important role in New York's response to the attacks on the World Trade Center, and then Guardsmen went on to deploy in the wars which followed, so this is part of New York's military history," said Courtney Burns, the museum's director.

    On display in the exhibit will be a portion of the fuselage, gear mechanism and engine ring from one of the airliners that hit the World Trade Center Towers, keys from Twin Towers officers and souvenirs of the Twin Towers.

    The museum will also display fragments of the buildings, a fire truck door, and the ammunition pouch from a New York Police Department belt.

    The largest exhibit will be a three-wheeled New York Police Department parking enforcement vehicle that was crushed in the collapse of the building.

    The New York National Guard's role in the response — more than 6,000 Guard members were on duty at one point – will be marked by items donated by National Guard members.

    These include a respirator carried by 1st Lt. Sean Flynn, a member of the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry, and missing person placards that were placed in the New York National Guard's Lexington Avenue Armory when it served as a missing person contact center.

    The mission of the New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center is to preserve, interpret and disseminate the story, history and records of New York State's military forces and veterans. The collection is divided into the museum and the library/archives holdings.

    Begun in 1863 as the Bureau of Military Statistics under the office of the adjutant general, the collection had not had a secure, permanent home until 2002. That year, it was moved into the historic armory in Saratoga Springs, which was renovated to house and exhibit the collection. The armory, designed by Isaac Perry and constructed in 1889, is a fine example of armory architecture popular in upstate New York in the late 1800s.

    The museum houses over 25,000 artifacts dating from the Revolutionary War to today that relate to New York State's military forces, the state's military history and the contributions of New York's veterans.
     

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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