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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


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Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

  • 125 Eagle St
  • Albany, NY 12202
  • Region: Albany Metro
  • Phone: (518) 463-4447
  • Fax: (518) 436-5177
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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

Cohoes Local Development Corporation/ Cohoes Visitor Center

  • 58 Remsen St
  • Cohoes, NY 12047
  • Region: North of Albany
  • Phone: (518) 237-0078

"Housed on the first floor of the historic Cohoes Music Hall building on Remsen Street is the Riverspark Cohoes Visitor Center. It serves community and tourists alike providing local informational

Crailo State Historic Site

  • 9 1/2 Riverside Ave
  • Rensselaer, NY 12144
  • Region: East of Albany
  • Phone: (518) 463-8738
  • Fax: (518) 433-1860
  • Send E-Mail

Crailo State Historic Site is a museum of Colonial New Netherland history in the upper Hudson Valley. Crailo was built in the early eighteenth-century by Hendrick Van Rensselaer, grandson of Kiliaen

Empire State Plaza Art Collection

  • Empire State Plaza
  • Albany, NY 12242

Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller, in recognition of the importance of the arts and the emergence of New York as the home of many of America's most innovative and talented artists, began plans for the

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

  • PO Box 219
  • 1 Delaware Ave.
  • Waterford, NY 12188
  • Region: North of Albany
  • Phone: (518) 237-7000
  • Fax: (518) 237-7640
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The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor is one of about two dozen federally designated national heritage areas or corridors in the nation. The purpose of designating the Erie Canalway as a

Executive Mansion

  • 138 Eagle St
  • Albany, NY 12202
  • Phone: (518) 473-7521

The New York State Executive Mansion is located on Eagle Street in downtown Albany. This historic house has been home to New York's governors and their families since 1875. Tours are available

First Church in Albany

  • 110 North Pearl St.
  • Albany, NY 12207
  • Phone: (518) 463-4449
  • Fax: (518) 463-4830
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Dutch themed church that was founded in 1642, it houses the oldest pulpit in America.

Historic Albany Foundation

  • 89 Lexington Ave.
  • Albany, NY 12206
  • Phone: (518) 465-0876
  • Fax: (518) 463-2704
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Historic Albany Foundation is a private, not-for-profit membership organization established in 1974. HAF has fulfilled its mandate through public education, promotion and membership, provision of

Historic Cherry Hill

  • 523 1/2 S Pearl St
  • Albany, NY 12202
  • Region: Albany Metro
  • Phone: (518) 434-4791
  • Fax: (518) 434-4806
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Catherine Putman came to Cherry Hill - the 1787 home of her Van Rensselaer ancestors - at the age of three following her mother's death. Catherine's life spanned the Civil War, World War I and World

Irish American Heritage Museum

  • 370 Broadway
  • Albany, NY 12207
  • Region: Downtown Area
  • Phone: (518) 427-1916
  • Send E-Mail

The mission of the Irish American Heritage Museum is to preserve and tell the story of the contributions of the Irish people and their culture in America, inspiring individuals to examine the

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