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Welcome to Albany, New York!

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.

Discover downtown Albany's booming craft beverage industry, must-see attractions and vibrant culture. Revel in the region's rich history with world-class museums, historic homes and fascinating architecture. 

Below are just a few places to add to your visit.

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Albany County Historical Association - Ten Broeck Mansion

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 mansion, which they named Prospect, commanded a sweeping view of the Hudson River. Thomas Worth Olcott acquired the residence in 1848 and renamed it Arbor Hill, after the surrounding area. This richly diverse and historic neighborhood, with a wealth of architectural details, still bears this name today.

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Albany Firefighters Museum

A group led by active and retired Albany, New York Firefighters formed in 2014 to preserve the history of over 150 years of professional fire service protecting the City of Albany, New York. The Albany Firefighters Museum is a completely independent and non-profit organization with the goals of showcasing Albany's firefighting past, increasing fire safety awareness and interest in firefighting.

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Albany Institute of History & Art

Founded in 1791, the Albany Institute of History & Art is one of the oldest museums in the United States. It also is the major repository for the region's heritage, with nationally significant collections. The Institute’s museum and library holdings form the best collections in the United States documenting the life and culture of the Upper Hudson Valley region from the late seventeenth century to the present day. 

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American Italian Heritage Museum & Cultural Center

The American Italian Heritage Museum honors Italian immigrants and their contributions to America by telling their story through artifacts, photographs, and documents exhibited in an historic Mission Revival style church built in 1922. Renovated to house the Museum and Cultural Center, the building features ten rooms depicting the journey of Italian immigrants as they transitioned to Italian Americans.

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Crailo State Historic Site

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 Van Rensselaer, the First Patroon. Today, Crailo tells the story of the early Dutch inhabitants of the seventeenth-century colony of New Netherland in the new exhibit, "A Sweet and Alien Land: Colony of the Dutch in the Hudson River Valley," as well as through special events and school programs.

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Historic Cherry Hill

Historic Cherry Hill tells a story of America through the lives and experiences of five generations of an Albany, New York household. One of Albany's most recognizable landmarks, Cherry Hill was built in 1787 for Philip and Maria Van Rensselaer and continuously lived in until 1963 by extended family, enslaved people, descendants, and servants—who left artifacts, documents, and stories behind.

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Irish American Heritage Museum

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 importance of their own heritage as part of the American cultural mosaic.

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New York State Museum

The New York State Museum in Downtown Albany explores the cultural and natural history of New York State. The Museum features a variety of history, science and art exhibitions. Within the main exhibit halls are popular long-standing favorites, including Adirondack Wilderness, Birds of New York, Beneath the City: Albany Archeology, Black Capital: Harlem in the 20s, The Cohoes Mastodon, Fire Engine Hall, Minerals of New York, Native Peoples of New York, and The World Trade Center: Rescue, Recovery, Response. There’s also a working full-sized carousel on the 4th floor of the Museum.

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Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site

Schuyler Mansion is the historic home of Revolutionary War General Philip Schuyler and his family. Built between 1761-1765, the Georgian style mansion features 18th century interiors complete with furniture, decorative arts, paintings , and personal artifacts of family members. A visitor center provides an overview of Philip Schuyler and his 80 acre estate in the 18th century.

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Underground Railroad Education Center

The Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence was a headquarters for Underground Railroad activity in the Capital Region in the mid 1850’s, as documented by a Vigilance Committee flier that has survived from that period along with other historic records. Underground Railroad Education Center purchased it in 2004. The building, privately owned from when it was built in 1847, had suffered from serious neglect. Since its purchase, scores of volunteers have helped bring the house back to what it was in the 1850’s. Today, this historic site is a place where the community can come to learn about and be transformed by the inspiring story of the Underground Railroad, the first integrated civil rights movement in the United States, and its relevance for us today.

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USS Slater

USS Slater is a World War II destroyer escort restored to its 1945 configuration. Of 563 built during World War II, the SLATER is the only destroyer escort left afloat in the United States. After serving in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters, the ship was decommissioned and then, in 1951, given to Greece where she served the Hellenic Navy for 40 years. USS Slater is a National Historic Landmark.

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New York State Capitol

Sitting majestically atop Albany's State Street hill, the New York State Capitol has served as the seat of government for New York since the 1880s. The building is a marvel of late 19th-century architectural grandeur. Under the direction of five architects, the Capitol was built by hand of solid masonry over a period of 32 years. By 1899 its cost had exceeded twenty-five million dollars.

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New York State Education Department Building

The Education Building was designed by renowned architect and New York City native Henry Hornbostel. The Education Building was the first major building constructed in the United States solely as a headquarters for the administration of education. Construction of this magnificent building was completed in 1912.

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John Boyd Thacher State Park

John Boyd Thacher State Park is situated along the Helderberg Escarpment, one of the richest fossil-bearing formations in the world. Even as it safeguards six miles of limestone cliff-face, rock-strewn slopes, woodland and open fields, the park provides a marvelous panorama of the Hudson-Mohawk Valleys and the Adirondack and Green Mountains. 

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Albany County Historical Association - Ten Broeck Mansion

New York State Museum

Schuyler Mansion State Historic SIte

New York State Capitol Building


Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence (Underground Railroad Education Center)

John Boyd Thacher State Park

Inside the New York Education Department Building

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