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Adirondack Museum

9097 State Route 30, P.O.Box 99, Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812
518 352-7311
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: History Museums, Art Museums, Specialty Museums
Owner description: Begin your Adirondack experience with a visit to the Adirondack Museum. A regional museum of history and art, the Adirondack Museum's 22 indoor and... more » Owner description: Begin your Adirondack experience with a visit to the Adirondack Museum. A regional museum of history and art, the Adirondack Museum's 22 indoor and outdoor exhibit spaces are situated on 32 landscaped acres, offering spectacular mountain and lake views. The museum's extensive collections give visitors the opportunity to experience how people have lived, worked, traveled and played in the Adirondacks since the 1800s. Exhibit themes include: boats and boating, land transportation, outdoor recreation, the environment, logging, rustic traditions, fine arts, and tourism. Interactive discovery centers and hands-on activities abound throughout the museum, making the museum a fun place for families with children to play and learn. Watch the Boat Builder in Residence construct a traditional Adirondack guideboat, take part in a workshop, feed the fish, or participate in a field trip.Services at the Adirondack Museum include the Lake View Cafe, open 11am to 4pm daily, overlooking pristine Blue Mountain Lake. Picnic areas are scattered throughout the grounds. Be sure to visit the Museum Store in the Visitor Center for a variety of Adirondack related gifts. Allow 2 - 3 hours for a relaxing visit. « less
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Scotia, New York
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66 reviews 66 reviews
46 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

We've been visting this museum ever since its humble beginnings and have watched it grow into a world class site. If you truly want to experience the Adirondacks, this is the place. From vintage transportation to unqiue twig furniture to exceptional art....and much more, you will leave with a better understanding of how important the Adirondack State Park is and... More

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WNY
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

First of all let me say that I am not a museum person. We were looking for something to do and the reviews of this museum were all good. We spent three hours here, which I think says a lot, that it kept me interested for that long. It is not a huge place, easy to navigate, with lots of... More

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Holden, Massachusetts
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53 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

The Adirondack Museum was recommended to us when we said we were going to be in the area and, being museum lovers, we decided to spend some time there as we drove a loop through the Adirondacks. We spent more time than we planned and didn't see all of it. It has a wonderful collection on transportation (and a fascinating... More

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Baltimore
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Great collection of old boats; well worth a detour in itself. Also fine reps of how people lived once upon a time. Loved the private RR car. Great layout, nice staff. Beautiful setting. Out of the way, but well orth a detour.

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Buffalo, New York
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Care for a course on the Adirondacks? This is your place. The Adirondack Museum bills itself as a place for an epic visit, and it isn't kidding. We stopped for about three hours to see it, and then had a leisurely lunch overlooking Blue Mountain Lake, which is spectacular. This has buildings big and small spread over a large campus.... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia, USA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

This museum's wonderful combination of outdoor exhibits and indoor displays gives visitors the opportunity to both visualize and understand what life was like in the Adirondacks of yesteryear. The history of logging--from the business end to the way of life for loggers--is displayed through artifacts, videos, photographs, personal mementos, along with explanations by museum curators and experts. The boats, carriages,... More

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Santa Barbara, CA USA
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52 reviews 52 reviews
13 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

What a gem of a regional museum! Terrific displays putting all things Adirondack into perspective - the natural landscape, the history of logging, the camps, transportation. Favorites - the life sized and very early Smoky the Bear, the ornate and beautifully restored private rail car, and the very informative and visceral display on the dangerous but important logging industry which... More

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Kennebunkport, Maine
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49 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

We just spent about 2 hours at the Adirondack Museum and it wasn't long enough, but we arrived mid-afternoon, so we did the best we could. this is a very well presented museum showcasing the Adirondacks and all its different facets- forestry industry, boating, horses and transportation, art and so on. I'm not a fan of boats per se, but... More

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Watertown, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

The Adirondack Museum is a wonderful place to spend most of a day. Historical exhibits inside and out are excellent. Out buildings are loads of fun to explore. The staff is very knowledgeable. It is a beautiful display of everything Adirondack; new and old! Cafe great stop for lunch also.

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Long Beach, California
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

I was fortunate to experience this wonderful museum during the Fall foliage, which made my visit that much more exciting. The museum had several educating exhibits from: Boats and Boating; an Art Gallery; old Log Hotel; Roads and Rails; Woods and Waters; Quilt exhibit; Bull Cottage, which contained Adirondack Rustic Furniture. It would be worth a phone call to check... More

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