New York State Military Museum has a collection totaling over 10,000 artifacts starting the Revolutionary War to recent Desert Storm. Its purpose is preserving, interpreting and disseminating the story and history of the military forces of New York State.
The collection includes uniforms, weapons, artillery pieces and artwork. Much is from the Civil War, including the uniform of Union Colonel Elmer Ellsworth. It has the medical kit of surgeon Jubal Early and a bugle and uniform of bugler Gustov Schurmann. The museum also has items from New York’s 27th Division in World War World War I and II. They also have artifacts from 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 has the largest battle flag collection and the largest Civil War flag collection. Their collection of 1700 flags start for the War of 1812 up to the 1991 Gulf War with 60 % from the Civil War.
Historic Saratoga Springs Armory was renovated in 1889 to house the collection. The museum collection is separated into the museum and library/archives. The museum is located thirty-six miles north of Albany in Saratoga Springs, NY. The entire area has a great historic past.
Tuesday through Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday.
New York State Military Museum
61 Lake Avenue
Saratoga Springs, NY, 12866
The city of Saratoga Springs NY, known as Saratoga has a 26,586 population. Its name was clearly inspired by area mineral springs. The area played an important role in the American Revolution. Tourism is the city’s main source of income.
Saratoga National Historical Park’s 3,200 acres is on the west side of the Hudson River, 10 miles southeast of Saratoga Springs. It was the location of the Battle of Saratoga between the British and American forces during September 19 and October 7, 1777.
At this turning point in the war General Horatio Gates American forces defeated John Burgoyne’s British forces. The highest point in the park is the visitor’s center on Fraser Hill, with a view of the historic battlefield and surrounding area.
Saratoga Spa State Park is a 2,200-acre park with mineral springs and geyser like sprouters, a bathhouse, two swimming pools, two outdoor ice skating rinks, golf courses, walking and hiking trails. A boat launch for Saratoga Lake is off route 9N.
Ballston Spa is village of 5,556 population, 7 miles south of Saratoga Springs. The village has been known for its healing mineral water used in sanitariums with a content of salt, calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate.
Saratoga Springs, NY is a 3 ½ hour drive of 220 miles from Rochester NY. Drive east on I-90 Thruway exiting route 50 driving north toward Saratoga Springs, following signs to New York State Military Museum.
Here is a visitors comment on their museum visit.
We've been there about 5-6 years now and LOVE it!