New York State Military Museum

 In 1863, New York State began collecting military paraphernalia related to New York State’s military forces, the state’s military history and the contributions of New York veterans.  The collection had not secured a permanent home until the Governor announced in 2001 that the historic armory in Saratoga Springs, NY would be renovated to house the collection. The building, designed by Isaac Perry and constructed in 1889, is a fine example of armory architecture that was popular in upstate New York in the late 1800’s.

Today, the  museum houses over 10,000 artifacts dating from the Revolutionary War to Desert Storm. The artifacts include uniforms, weapons, artillery pieces, and art. A significant portion of the museum’s collection is from the Civil War. Notable artifacts from this conflict include Colonel Elmer Ellsworth’s (the Union’s first martyr) uniform, the medical kit of Jubal Early’s surgeon, and the uniform and bugle of Gustav Schurmann (General Philip Kearny’s boy bugler). Included in the museum are significant holdings relating to New York’s 27th Division in World War I and World War II and notable state military regiments such as the 7th (Silk Stocking Regiment), 69th (Fighting Irish), 71st, and 369th (Harlem Hell fighters) New York Infantry.

The museum also owns the largest collection of state battle flags in the country and the largest collection of Civil War flags in the world. Of the over 2000 flags in the collection, more than 60% are from the Civil War. The flags date from the War of 1812 through the 1991 Gulf War. The museum maintains an exhibit of its flag collection in the state capitol building in Albany where the museum collection was originally housed

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Latitude: 43.0828531 Longitude: -73.7814009 Elevation: 284 ft
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Season and Hours Open

Year Round. Monday-Saturday, 10:00-4:00; closed New York State Holidays.

Don't Miss This When Visiting

With an appointment, visitors can get a behind the scenes tour of the flag collection, the arms collection, and the storage area with movable contact shelving. 

Related Sites Or Experiences

Military Sites throughout the Champlain-Hudson Corridor to include the:

Watervliet Arsenal Museum (War of 1812 to today);

Saratoga Battlefield (Rev War);

Rogers Island, Fort Edward (F&I War);

Fort William Henry, Lake George (F&I War);

 Fort Ticonderoga (F&I War - Rev War);

 War of 1812 Museum, Plattsburgh. 

Identify And Describe The Management Organization

The state military museum is an organizational element of the Division of Military and Naval Affairs.  The Friends of the NYS Military Museum plan programs, train docents, operate a book and gift shop, and raise funds.

Suggested Further Reading

A number of books have been printed on American military history from the Colonial Period to the 21st century conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Additional Notes And Comments

At the core of the museum collection is Civil War artifacts, one is recommended to briefly review New York Civil War history to appreciate contributions New Yorkers have made.  Digital files are now available by contacting Google with "NYS Military Museum and Veterans Research Center".  

Fees

no

ADA Accessible

yes

Tours Are Offered

yes

Site is Child-friendly

yes

Site is Pet-friendly

no

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