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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
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Long Island, New York
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56 reviews 56 reviews
4 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This museum is indoor-outdoor. Different buildings have themed exhibits. We were there around 2-1/2 hours and were able to see about half. You can come back another day with the same admission receipt. Lots of photographs and artifacts from the region. The setting is gorgeous. Don't miss lunch at the cafe right in the lake. Just beautiful. We loved it... More

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This was a great Museum! It was so interesting and had many exhibits to go through. I loved the little school house. It was so neat to see and learn about. I also liked learning about the Olympics. The staff was great and was there to answer any questions. We spent half the day walking around the exhibits. Great fun... More

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Rochester, NY
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We were visiting relatives in Indian Lake so we decided to visit the museum. We learned so much that we never knew about. Very interesting! A must if you're in the area.

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Upstate New York
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16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Lots of history and artifacts about the Adirondack Park and the area. Boats, art, transportation, logging exhibits just to mention a few. Good for children, but there is plenty for grownups also. The Blue Water Cafe on the premises is also excellent and has gluten-free options.

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Harleysville, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

When you think of museums, you tend to think of stodgy buildings and boring placquards to read -- that is NOT the case with the Adirondack Museum. The property is gorgeous, well maintained, and the buildings fit in beautifully with the natural scenery. Each building houses a different aspect of Adirondack history -- there's boats/boating, logging, railroad, camping, animals, outdoor... More

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hamilton
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

A very enjoyable experience learning about the history and art of the Adirindacks. I liked everything about this visit.

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Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This is the best rural museum I've ever been to, and it leaves many city museums in the shade. The museum is very well maintained, very well organised, the staff are all engaging, friendly, knowledgeable and helpful and the exhibits are superb. I found the exhibit on logging and blacksmithing quite emotional because of my personal family history. They are... More

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Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Great family activity. We liked the displays at this well tended multi-building museum. Nice gift shop. Interesting examples of Adirondack historical machinery. A private train car built by a wealthy banker was fun to walk through.

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Schenectady, New York
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

The first time I was there was in the 70's. And found it very interesting. Worth the admission to see what life was like in the Adirondack Park. I highly recomend this place and the view from the deck is amazing too.

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Westchester, New York, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

If you are new to the Adirondack Park, this is a must see. The museum gives an overview of the history of the park, the culture that grew and made it a special place. You do need to walk, or take a stroller with young kids, but it's accessible and wheel chairs are welcome. They have old wooden Chris Craft... More

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