State museum opens ice ages exhibition

Published Jan 8, 2017 at 9:00am

The New York State Museum today announced the opening of a new long-term exhibition about the Ice Ages in New York State. The exhibition examines the landscape and animals of the Ice Ages in New York and features fossils of Ice Age mammals including mammoths, caribou, moose, and whales.

Over the last two million years, New York has experienced several Ice Ages interspersed with warm periods. Gigantic glaciers covered the state, and then retreated. Each wiped the landscape nearly clean, creating lakes, widening valleys, and rounding mountaintops. Many large Ice Age mammals—including mastodons, woolly mammoths, giant ground sloths, and musk oxen–are now extinct or gone from New York.

“The State Museum is a valuable cultural and educational resource for the public,” said Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa. “I encourage teachers to bring students to the Ice Ages exhibition to learn about the history of New York before people were here and glaciers covered the landscape.”

The State Museum is a program of the New York State Education Department’s Office of Cultural Education. Located at 222 Madison Ave. in Albany, the Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Admission is free.

Further information about programs and events can be obtained by calling (518) 474-5877 or visiting the Museum website at