About Us

The Friends works hard to support the New York State Military Museum and military heritage of our area. This work is done completely through the work of volunteers. Here you can see some of the faces that make up The Friends of the New York State Military Museum.

The Friends is a private, nonprofit organization that helps to support the New York State Military Museum in its efforts to tell the story of New York's rich military history and the service and sacrifices of its citizens from the colonial era to today.

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.


Upon arriving at the Military Museum, a guest first meets one of our docents. These guides are ready to acquaint you with the museum, serve as educators, and answer questions. If you are in need of assistance, look for one of our enthusiastic and knowledgeable docents.

Retail Associates

While you are at the museum, make sure you stop by our museum store. Browse through our bookstore, or take home a piece of military history. Our retail associates will help you choose the perfect gift or item to add to your military collection.

Research Library Volunteers

Our Research Library, at the military museum, is always looking for volunteers to help catalog, data base entry and transcription, plus general assistance for our research librarian. Your help can be from your home or at our research library. Please contact the Friends of the New York State Military Museum at (518) 226-0490 for further details.


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    The volunteers at the Military Museum are always ready to be of assistance.
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    A docent engages visitors at the Military Museum, here explaining General Ellsworth’s coat.

Want to Volunteer?

We’re always looking for volunteers to join The Friends! Whether you are a docent, working in the museum store, helping out at a fundraiser, or volunteering in any other capacity, we encourage you to contact us here or give us a call at (518) 226-0490. Thank you for your support!


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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The museum floor is completely accessible for people using wheelchairs.

There is no admission charge to visit the museum or any of the exhibits.

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