Museum Picks from Don Wildman!

 Earlier this year, host of Travel Channel's long-running Mysteries at the Museum, Don Wildman embarked on a sprawling, statewide odyssey throughout New York to visit the state's amazing collection of museums, exploring the astonishing depth and breadth of its collective community.

Here are just a handful of museums Don Wildman visited.

Stay tuned for more from Don's adventure! 

All of these locations are accessible via Amtrak and Enterprise*!

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The Queens Museum
(31-minute subway ride from Penn Station)

Located in Flushing Meadows, the Queens Museum is an NYC must-visit. Experience the Panorama of the City of New York, a massive 3D, geographic mapping of its concerning cities, originally created for the 1964 World’s Fair. Check out other exhibits like The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass, a vast archive of one-of-a-kind original flat glass and pressed-glass “jewels,” or the collection of more than 10,000 objects pertaining to both the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs.


Olana State Historic Site 
(5.1 Miles from Hudson Amtrak Station)

A short drive over the Rip Van Winkle bridge and through the town of Catskill, Olana State Historic Site is one of the few intact studio and estate complexes in the U.S., and home to the founder of the Hudson River School of Art, Frederic Edwin Church. Explore what is simply one of the most remarkable historic homes in the nation. Peruse its thrilling showcase of Persian and Ottoman influences, appropriately poised over the sweeping view—the kind that inspired the art that afforded Church such prosperity.


The New York State Museum
(2.3 Miles from Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station)

A 10-minute walk from the Capitol, across the 98-acre white-marbled expanse of the Empire State Plaza, is an even more ambitious repository of New York’s artifacts and archives. A center of art, science, and history, the New York  State Museum is dedicated to exploring the human and natural history of the state. Spend hours in towering exhibition halls, and make sure not to miss the collection of antique fire trucks and subways, the dioramas of New York birds, an eons-old mastodon and more! 


Fort Ticonderoga 
(1.0 Miles from Ticonderoga Amtrak Station)

Guarding the water passage between Lake Champlain and Lake George since the French and Indian War, this 2,000-acre site hosts an amazing array of demonstrations, exhibits, events, and tours. Experience the border of peoples, the crux of empires, the forge of nations and the spirit of Revolution Ticonderoga looming large in myth and memory. There are sumptuous gardens, hiking trails, canoes for rent and even a six-acre corn maze for the kid in all of us.


Fort Stanwix National Monument 
(1.4 Miles from Rome Amtrak Station)

The Fort Stanwix National Monument, located in Rome, is an important relic of several colonial wars. Designed in the shape of a four-pointed star, the fort was constructed by the British in 1762 and reconstructed in 1974. Explore this time machine, see military arms, clothing, hardware, Native American artifacts and more! Take a year-round, ranger-led tour of the fort, and weather permitting, survey the grounds.

The Eastman Museum 
(2.0 Miles from Rochester Amtrak Station)

An absolute must for anyone who loves taking (or looking at) photographs and movies, the Eastman Museum has been preserving and developing world-class collections related to photography and cinema, as well as the estate of George Eastman—the pioneer of popular photography. Visit this restored, Colonial Revival masterpiece of a house with glorious gardens that continues to remain a leading museum in the industry of the craft and art of photography and cinema.


The Buffalo Museum of Science
(3.5 Miles from Buffalo-Exchange Amtrak Station)

Open since 1929, the Buffalo Museum of Science has seen a lot of changes over the last five years. As its permanent exhibit spaces have been transformed into highly interactive and immersive science studios, this classic has boosted itself into the 21st century. See exhibits like In Motion, an exploration of basic physics, mechanical motion, engineering and organic motion; Our Place in Space, a study of our ultimate origin; Rethink Extinct, a journey through time, starting in the Paleozoic Era 542 million years ago.


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