Albany is one of North America's oldest cities. If you don't have time to explore all the old buildings and sites, this place in the heart of Albany's downtown can give you a great overview in about an hour's time at no charge. Large photographs combined with examples of tools, household goods and clothing help newcomers understand the early beaver and lumber trade and the importance of shipping on the Hudson and Mohawk rivers. A 20-minute movie supplements the static displays. Free maps and suggestions for walking tours, plus many detailed history books for sale. If you have more time, you can board a bus in front of the heritage center for an hour-long guided tour or strike out on foot along North Pearl Street.
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