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Albany was settled by the Dutch more than 400 years ago when Henry Hudson's ship, the Half Moon, first sailed up the river that now bears his name. Over the past four centuries, Albany has grown from a small Dutch settlement into New York State's Capital City in the heart of burgeoning Tech Valley.
Though Albany has undergone massive physical and social changes over its long history, our commitment to preserving and celebrating our heritage is stronger than ever. The sites and attractions listed below highlight aspects of Albany's rich historic and heritage resources.
For an in-depth history of Albany and surrounding municipalities, view our History page.
The African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region (AACCR) is committed to educating, enriching, and empowering residents of the Capital Region. Serving Albany, Troy, Rensselaer, Schenectady,
Eagle Street, Albany, NY 12207. (518) 434-5075. Romanesque structure built by H.H. Richardson in 1881. Of interest in the interior: common council room, carillon, several murals and carvings.
The Ten Broeck Mansion was built in 1797-98 for General Abraham Ten Broeck and his wife, Elizabeth Van Rensselaer. The home is a Federal-style house with sloping lawns and formal gardens. The
The building that originally served as a water pumping station, now serves as a staffed tourist information center that provides an orientation to the City of Albany. The museum galleries offers
Founded in 1791, the Albany Institute of History & Art is a museum dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting and promoting interest in the history, art and culture of Albany and the upper
Located within New York's Capital District, the Albany Pine Bush Preserve is one of only twenty inland pine barrens left in the entire world and widely considered to be the best example. The
Established on October 7, 1844, the Albany Rural Cemetery is one of the most beautiful and historic cemeteries in upstate New York. Its 467 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds include the burial
The American Italian Heritage Museum, 1227 Central Ave., Albany, NY 12205 (518) 435-1979 is located in a former church built in 1922. The beautiful unique mission church honors the Italian
The Cathedral of All Saints, Albany, New York, is located on Elk Street in central Albany, New York. It is the central church of Albany and the seat of the Episcopal Bishop of Albany. Built in the
The Cathedral is the spiritual center "the Mother Church" of the 14 counties of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. The Cathedral houses the “Cathedra”, the Bishop’s Chair and symbol of his