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Empire State Plaza, South End
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Located at the south end of the Empire State Plaza, the New York State Museum is the place where people go to discover why New York is called the Empire State. The research conducted forms the basis of all of the activities of the museum, including specialized services to government and industry. The permanent exhibition halls, temporary exhibits, and public programs are created around materials collected by its researchers and curators, as well as around collections from other institutions.

Today, the State Museum's collections number more than five million artifacts and specimens. Each year the exhibits and programs attract more than one million visitors, more than half of whom come from outside the Capital Region.

The Empire State Plaza looms above the city in an expression of vertical self-containment, separated from the rest of the city. Like Brasilia-on-the-Hudson, the Capitol complex stands as a reminder of the utopian alliance of postwar modernist architecture and big government.

Like all such ventures, the Empire State Plaza is the product of superlatives: 98 acres of city core were replaced by the Empire State Plaza. 3 million cubic yards of earth were moved, 900,000 cubic yards of concrete were poured and 232,000 tons of steel were erected.

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