The New York State Museum offers educational opportunities for learners of all ages and abilities. Through museum programming and online educational resources, children, families, educators, and students can experience the art, science, and history of New York State in a fun and engaging way.

For Educators

Group Tours

Group Visits

View class descriptions and tour options, register online, and download student worksheets

Teacher Workshops

Teacher Workshops & CTLE

Courses in Archaeology, Earth-Science, Evolution and more provide excellent educational opportunities for teachers

For Students

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Afterschool Programs

Learn about our award-winning afterschool programs, including the Museum Club and Discovery Squad

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The New York State Museum offers a variety of engaging and educational opportunities for volunteers and interns

For Families

Discovery Place

Discovery Place

Visit this lively hub for curious young minds where interactive play and exploration take center stage

Family Programs

Family Programs

Join us for tours, art projects and exciting, hands-on activities led by Museum educators

Online Resources Portal

Online Resources & Activities Portal

Looking for easy-to-access educational activities, videos, and resources for your kids, students, or even just for yourself? Visit this educational one-stop-shop webpage based on NYSM research and collections.

Capital Region History Day Logo

Capital Region History Day

Learn more about this annual "historical" event!

Expanded Exhibition Teacher Resource Pages

Relief Printing and the Works of Frank C. Eckmair

Relief Printing and the Works of Frank C. Eckmair

This lesson encourages students to gain a basic understanding of printmaking. Students will use observation skills to evaluate, discuss, and connect to the art of printmaker Frank C. Eckmair. They will experiment with techniques and create their own linocut print; learn how to care for materials and use tools in a safe and responsible manner; and make connections between process and meaning. 

Exploring DDT’s Effect On Raptor Populations - Teacher Guide

Birds of New York Educator Guides

Your students will want to fly through these new science/ELA curriculum materials that accompany the exhibit Birds of New York

Symposium: Historic Woodstock Art Colony

The Historic Woodstock Art Colony: The Arthur A. Anderson Collection

View teacher guides and google classroom materials for grades K - 12.

Fort Orange

Fort Orange Educational Guide and Teacher Resources

Created for teachers of the 4th and 7th grades, this educational guide provides five lessons that introduce students to Fort Orange and the world of New Netherland. 

The Fifteenth amendment, 1870 by Thomas Kelly

Fifteenth Amendment: Educational Activities for the Classroom

This guide includes several object-inquiry activities, from which teachers can choose those that best suit their students and classroom needs. 

Exhibition Teacher Guides

Education Leaflets

Geology of New York, Second Edition

Volume 28 - Second Edition
Geology of New York, A Simplified Account (PDF)
Y.W. Isachsen, E. Landing, I.M. Lauber, L.V. Rickard, and W.B. Rogers, editors Second Edition

Geology of New York, First Edition

Volume 28 - First Edition
Geology of New York, A Simplified Account (PDF)
Y.W. Isachsen, E. Landing, J.M. Lauber, L.V. Rickard, and W.B. Rogers, editors