• Welcome to the New York State Military Museum

    Welcome to the New York State Military Museum

    The mission of the museum and research center is to preserve, interpret and disseminate the story, history and records of New York State’s military forces and veterans.

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  • Sherman Tank Returns!

    Sherman Tank Returns!

    Our Sherman Tank returns to the NYS Military Museum from Fort Drum after a year long restoration, to it's permanent exhibit spot.

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    This exhibit will highlight some of the finest Civil War artwork from the collection of the Military Museum on a rotating basis. Click for more details...

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    The exhibit features a dazzling array of militia and National Guard distinctive unit dress uniforms, ballot boxes and decorative bronze trophies that interpret the social organization of the National Guard, original artifacts from the USS Maine, and a carronade captured during the 1857 Dead Rabbits Riot in New York City.

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  • Battleground for Freedom

    Battleground for Freedom

    No less than 120 military engagements occurred on New York soil, more than in any other state, ranging in scale and significance from the decisive Battle of Saratoga to numerous bitter skirmishes and ruthless raids that raged throughout the frontier settlements...

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  • Some Great Past Exhibits

    Some Great Past Exhibits

Welcome to the New York State Military Museum

The mission of Friends is to be a support to the museum, to aid in fund raising for exhibits and displays, as well as assisting in drawing attention to the museum through programs, lectures and events. As the board of trustees, we are the elected board which helps direct the membership to facilitate the support mission of the non profit group.


Veteran of the Year Nov. 14, 2015

Our Veteran of the Year Ceremony was held on Saturday, November 14th at the Military Museum.  Our honoree this year was Joe Pollicino, our 2015 Veteran of the Year.  

Standing from left to right:  Congressman Paul Tonko, Dave Wallingford, President of the Friends of the New York State Military Museum,

Brigadier General Michael Swezey, Commander, 53rd Troop Command, New York Army National Guard, 

Joe Pollicino, 2015 Veteran of the Year,  Brigadier General (Retired) Barry Hartman, Chairman, Veteran of the Year Committee

Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Robert Van Pely, President, Capital District for the New York Chapter, AUSA.

Ever Upward: The History of the New York Air National Guard

Opened November 20, 2015

Since its humble beginnings in 1908, the New York Air National Guard (NYANG) has evolved from an informal group of amateur aerial enthusiasts to today’s professionally trained and equipped Air Reserve Component of the United States Air Force.

The New York Air National Guard is a key participant in our country’s national defense and international wartime operations as well as a valuable asset to aid all New Yorkers during natural disasters and civil disturbances.

Displaying rare images and artifacts from the Military Museum’s collection, "Ever Upward" will present New York’s early air units and aerial pioneers, the creation of the Air National Guard, service during the Cold War and the Global War on Terror, in-state aid during national disasters, and international missions to the earth’s remote Polar Regions.


  • Deep Freeze 109th
    Ski-equipped LC-130 from the 109th Airlift Wing, New York Air National Guard, landing at Shackleton Glacier, Antarctica, November 2007.
  • F 16 Fighter
    F-16 Fighting Falcon, 174th Fighter Wing, New York Air National Guard, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, 2003.
  • Havens Dallas
    Pilot Beckwith Havens aboard a biplane, Texas State Fair, Dallas, Texas, October 1911. Within a year Havens would bring his aerial expertise to the New York to become the first pilot in the entire National Guard.
  • Did Your Ancestor Fight at Saratoga? You Can Check!

    Historical Articles | by G. William Glidden, MAJOR ( R ) NYARNG

    Descendants of Revolutionary War soldiers who fought in one of history’s most important battles can now find their American ancestors in a computer database, and some day they might be guided by GPS to the exact spots where their relatives faced musket fire, cannon barrages and bayonet charges. History buffs spent 12 years gleaning information from 200-year-old military documents to assemble the list of thousands who participated in the Battles of Saratoga. The database, recently unveiled at Saratoga National Historical Park, contains the names of about 15,000 of the more than 17,000 soldiers of the Continental Army and various state militias who defeated the British here in 1777.

    About 2,500 more American names are being added, while the names of most of the 9,000 enemy combatants- British soldiers, German mercenaries, Canadians and Loyalists- are expected to join the database in several years, according to Eric Schnitzer, a National Parks Service ranger and park historian. The names of some of the Native Americans who fought here- Oneidas for the Americans, Mohawks for the British- also will be added, he said.

    Tourists can search the database for names using a touch-screen computer in the park’s visitor center. The list is also available on the website of Heritage Hunters, the Saratoga County-based group of volunteers who scoured 18th century regimental muster rolls and other records to compile the list.

    By knowing a soldier’s regiment, park rangers can help visitors find the general area on the 3,400-acre battle field where each unit is known to have fought or been encamped, Schnitzer said. The park hopes to eventually link the database with GPS data so visitors can stand in the exact spots where their ancestor’s units engaged in some of the bloodiest actions of the war.

    The project was made possible by the detailed records kept by many American regiments, dispelling a common perception of America’s first citizen soldiers as ragtag, undisciplined and prone to wandering about at will. Muster rolls, often updated every three months, told commanders how many men were available for duty, who they were and how much weaponry, housing and supplies they needed. If guys were just coming and going as they wanted, like in a free-for-all, that is death to an army. That is disaster. That is why it was not done.

    In 1998, members of Heritage Hunters decided to compile a list of American participants in the Saratoga battles, said Pat Peck, a member of the group’s board of trustees. The project’s researchers spent tens of thousands of hours poring over 233-year-old muster rolls, pay lists and other documents in the National Archives and elsewhere.

    The digitized “muster roll” at Pennsylvania’s Valley Forge National Historical Park, started on paper in the 1940s, now contains the names of more than 33,000 American soldiers who camped there in the winter of 1777-1778. But Saratoga is considered unique for compiling what is someday expected to be a nearly complete list of battle participants. James Perry, spokesman for the parks service’s Yorktown Battlefield, said “Saratoga is very much in the lead in getting it digitized. Yorktown is in the early stages of compiling its own database.”

    At the Saratoga Battlefield, soldiers are listed on the database alphabetically. Each entry includes rank, regiment, length of service and home state. Some hometowns also are listed. Personal information also is included for some soldiers, including details of wartime service and names of family members.

    More than 10,000 of the soldiers who fought here hailed from New England. Massachusetts led the way with 7,800, followed by New Hampshire with 1,500 and Connecticut with 1,000. Most of the rest were backwoodsmen from Virginia and Pennsylvania.

    On 7 October 1777, nearly three weeks after the redcoats won the first battle at Saratoga but couldn’t advance south toward Albany because of heavy losses, the Americans defeated the invading British force. After the second battle, the British force retreated several miles north before becoming surrounded. On 17 October British General John Burgoyne surrendered in what is now a village park in Schuylerville (Old Saratoga) along the Hudson River. Many historians consider the American victory at Saratoga one of history’s most significant battles because it persuaded France to join the fledgling United States in its fight for independence. In October 1781 French troops and ships later played a major role in the final defeat of the redcoats at Yorktown.

    Information can be found at the following two online locations



  • Heavy History: Restored ‘Sherman’ tank returns to Military Museum

    September 15, 2015 | Saratoga Springs | Published by Paul Post, The Saratogian

    SARATOGA SPRINGS >> The biggest, heaviest armament in the New York State Military Museum’s collection rolled into place Tuesday with the arrival of a newly-restored World War II-era “Sherman” tank.

    The 30-ton weapon is on permanent display after being worked on by soldiers at Fort Drum.

    This particular M4A3 tank’s history isn’t known, but ones like it were used in Italy and Central Europe including some of World War II’s most decisive engagements including D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge.

    “It’s awesome that it’s sitting here and I had something to do with it,” said National Guardsman Jonathan Bishop, a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The tank was previously located in Carthage, Jefferson County, before coming to the military museum where it sat outside in storage for nearly a decade. Two years ago, it was taken to Fort Drum where soldiers painstakingly restored it to its original condition.

  • Union Forces Advance Across the Deep South | The American Civil War - 150 Years Later

    Historical Articles
    by G. William Glidden, MAJOR ( R ) NYARNG
    North Country Historian, NYS Military Museum
    Registered Historian, Assoc. of Public Historians

    By the beginning of October 1864, General William Sherman proposed to General Ulysses S. Grant that he would march his main army from Atlanta to Savannah, Georgia. Sherman intended the march to be a giant raid against the war resources of Georgia. He planned to destroy railroads, mills and factories along the route. Troops would be picked for the raid based on their fitness and experience. Sherman would authorize them to forage liberally and live off the land as they proceeded to Savannah. The destruction whether authorized or irregular was enormous along a route 60 miles wide and 300 miles long. It would take 80 years for Georgia to recover. Grant, with some hesitation, approved the plan ten days later.

  • Group returning to Pacific island to search for US WWII MIAs

    Group returning to Pacific island to search for US WWII MIAs

    By Chris Carola - Associated Press

     (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A private Japanese organization that has found the remains of World War II soldiers on Saipan is planning another excavation on the Pacific island in the hopes of finding more unmarked graves, including those of American servicemen still listed as missing in action for more than 70 years.

    The leaders of Kuentai-USA told The Associated Press that a team of about a dozen Japanese and American volunteers plans to search an area of Saipan where the U.S. Army's 27th Infantry Division was hit by the largest suicide attack of the Pacific ground war. The New York National Guard unit suffered hundreds of casualties, many of them New Yorkers.

    The division's 105th Regiment suffered nearly 1,000 killed and wounded during what became known as the "banzai attack" on July 7, 1944.

    Scores of New Yorkers were among the casualties. At least five New Yorkers, including three from the Albany area, are still listed as missing in action. A few years ago, Kuentai discovered the skeletal remains of five American soldiers while searching for the remains of Japanese soldiers. Four of the Americans, all members of the 105th Regiment, have been identified and returned to the U.S. for reburial, including a soldier from Brooklyn.

  • The Jagerkorps in New York

    Museum News | July 30, 2015

    Throughout the campaigns of 1776 and 1777, the Jagerkorps played an important role in helping to turn the tides of various skirmishes and battles. On numerous occasions, they showed a great deal of skill and valor making a point to do all they could to either win the day or keep defeat from turning into disaster.

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Appointments are required.
Tuesday – Friday | 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

The museum is closed on
all New York State & Federal Holidays.

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