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

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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Garden City NY
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144 reviews 144 reviews
10 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

We have visited the Adirondack Museum three or four times over several decades. The focus of the Museum appears to be how the wilderness was tamed by the settlers, and then conquered by the tourists. There are houses with period furniture. There are lots of items from daily life. There are lots of complete boats (canoes, ADK guide boats, sail... More

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Annapolis, Maryland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Great rainy day activity during our week-long camping in the Adirondacks. This turned out to be the highlight of our trip! Hit this early and appreciate the "vacation land" you're visiting. INCREDIBLY kid friendly and well-organized.

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Stow, Ohio
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This museum is probably my favorite museum ever. First it's large and spread out, so you never feel crowded by other people. Second, the location is gorgeous, set on the side of hills, overlooking Blue Mt. Lake and in the shadow of Blue Mountain. Third, it's got stuff for all ages, interactive, videos, outdoor and indoor displays, etc. Fourth, it's... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This is an experience any age wouldn't want to miss ! Our group ranged in ages, from 7 to 66 & we all had a great time. Educating this generation about the history of how the Adirondacks evolved was fun & exciting. The interactive activities were awesome. We walked on stilts, washed clothes, fed the trout, learned how to tie... More

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Reading
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65 reviews 65 reviews
24 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

If you want the history of the Adirondacks than this is THE PLACE to go. Buildings and buildings of historic material from camping and hiking to early homesteading and logging. Amazing. Our scouts enjoyed it and said one of the best museums they had been to.

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Olney, Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I love history and learning about any area I visit, but this superbly organized museum offers a rich experience that both adults and children will enjoy. Exhibits of boats and boat making, wagons and railroads, the logging business, old and new fashioned camping experiences - many are hands-on and up-close. While there, we watched a woodworking class for adults as... More

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Jericho, Vt
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86 reviews 86 reviews
32 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I can strongly recommend visiting this museum if you are in the area even if it's a little of a drive. It's great for both adults and kids. It describes how the park came together, the way of life, the boating, food, the logging, etc.

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Geneva, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

What a gem to find this place! Any visitor to the ADK should drive to visit this facility for a whole day! The cost to get in was $70 for 5 of us, but I feel it was well worth it. The place is clean, the workers are knowledgeable and there is so much to see and do for the... More

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Rochester, New York
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16 reviews 16 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This museum has it all... interactive displays for children, informative in-depth reports for the history buff, and a frankly stunning view from the café that is not to be missed. We read the reviews and thought it would be a fairly decent place to visit, but it exceeded all expectations. If only local history were this well protected and loved... More

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