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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 2014
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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Colorado, USA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We had not planned to go to the museum, but the woman we rented a cabin from highly recommended it. So, on a rainy day, we decided to visit. What a very pleasant surprise! There are 20+ buildings, each with great exhibits and interesting history, stories and photos or videos. This day was one of the highlights of our visit.

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Laytonsville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

This was a highlight of our short visit to the Adirondacks. We were staying in Lake George, which frankly was a disappointment, very commercial and tacky. The drive to the museum was beautiful, lots of small towns, lakes and georgeous scenery. The museum provides a wonderful sense of the history, through objects, to whole buildings. Even the cafe was great... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Some very beautiful pieces done by very talented artists! This is an annual show that brings people from all over who have an interest in adirondack furniture and decor. This is one of the biggest shows of its kind in the country.

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Saratoga Springs, Ny
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55 reviews 55 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I had not been through the entire museum in 20 years and this trip i was able to see most of it. What great exhibits on logging industry and the details of a log drive and camps, as well as the evolution of transportation in the Adirondacks. The buggies, guideboats and trains were well preserved and demonstrated the modes of... More

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Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
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12 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Went for the rustic furniture show and toured the museum which has some absolutely fabulous exhibits. The gift shop was nice but way overpriced on everything. I bought a half gallon maple syrup for half the price on the street fair which was the big surprise with rustic vendors more to my liking

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Georgetown
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80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This is not what I think of when I think of a museum. So much is outdoors, spread over a multi-acre campus. There are interactive exhibits, electronic tours, and multiple buildings. Each building/exhibit is an artful learning experience. No matter your age, this stop will entertain and educate. I love this place.

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Waldwick, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I went to this museum with my girlfriend on our annual trip. This place is very interesting. It tells the history of the Adirondacks, from logging and transportation to camping and hiking. They have various talks about different aspects of the Adirondack Mountains. They even have a feeding of fresh water otters! A great place for children!

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New York, New York, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This is an amazing museum that calls for a half to full day visit. I learned so much more than imagined about how the Adirondacks came to be discovered, survived, populated and protected as they are by NY state and the people who live there year round.

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Brewster, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Wonderful displays and art. Loved the old train car and the chance to view a wooden canoe being crafted.

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Albany, New York
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7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I hadn't been to the Adirondack Museum in probably 10 years and I had forgotten how wonderful it is! My 6 year old son loved it as well! There was so much for young kids to do and see and the exhibits are beautiful and so informative! Plus you just can't beat the location and scenery. The view of Blue... More

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