|Andy is such a tourist.|
The Museum sits in Albany's Empire State Plaza, practically in the shadows of The Egg and the Capital Building. Founded in 1836, it's the oldest and largest state museum in the nation. There's some pretty cool stuff in there too. The first floor showcases an art gallery and several permanent exhibits. Some of the most interesting were the full skeletal remains of a Mastodon discovered in the area. There was also a great exhibit with artifacts from native New Yorkers, including a coffin discovered when builders were constructing the Capitol.
The first floor has an exhibit detailing the events of September 11th. The ongoing exhibit is called The World Trade Center: Rescue Recovery Response and is a collection of items and memorabilia from New York. We had just been to Ground Zero the day before so it really seemed to hit home. The museum has several historic pieces, including the remains of a NYFD Ladder 6 truck, an American flag that flew over Ground Zero and parts of the planes that crashed into the towers. One of the most emotional and powerful artifacts in the museum is the collection of missing fliers that were posted by family members right after the Towers went down.
|Fire Truck pulled from wreckage.|
|NYPD police door.|
Heather, Brandi & Andy had a great time exploring New York at the State Museum. Honestly, we can't wait for more visitors to come so we'll have an excuse to go back!