Albany Heritage Tourism

AHTAlbany 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.

Suffrage museum display

Women's Suffrage

New York State had a leading role in the national Women's Suffrage Movement. More

Erie Canal

Erie Canal Bicentennial

The original Erie Canal, constructed between 1817 and 1825, connected Albany on the Hudson River, with Buffalo, a small emerging village at the... More

Historic building


Albany is home to some of the oldest and grandest buildings in America. But it is also home to monuments of modernity – like The Egg and Empire State Plaza.  More

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Celebrating Women's History Month

Celebrating Women's History Month

New York’s history is full of inspiring ladies who played a leading role in the national Women’s More

Hamilton slept here

Hamilton slept here

Before he was a Broadway sensation, Alexander Hamilton spent much of his time right here in Albany, More

4 Historical Sites to Visit for Black History Month

4 Historical Sites to Visit for Black History Month

With Black History Month approaching in February, there will be many opportunities to learn more More

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