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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.