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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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Waynesboro, Va.
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94 reviews 94 reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

We go to Blue Mountaim Lake yearly on business where we participate in an antique show at the Adirondack Museum. Since we are there for four days, we have the opportunity to visit the museum displays. They are fantastic and well worth a trip to the area. They give you a real sense of what life was and is like... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

Wear good walking shoes and plan to spend several hours at this museum. The exhibits are divided into topics and housed in separate buildings within the complex. Bring the kids as there are kid friendly activities in each area. The cafe on the grounds serve sandwiches, soup and salads. We had chicken salad which was very good. The dining area... More

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Oneonta, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

Even if you like museums just a little bit, this one will engage and stimulate you. Spread over a multi-acre campus, the museum addresses, in some great detail, Adirondack history, culture and technology. You can learn as much as you want, and go as deep as you wish, before you move on. Some of the (outlandishly decorated!) buildings have been... More

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Holiday Island, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This is a top notch museum. Covers all facettes of the Adirondacks area. We especially enjoyed the boat area of the museum. The furniture and buildings are great. Well worth the price of admission. Also lucky enough to be on the week of the Antiques vendors. They had great stuff to sell. .

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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

If you like history and trying to understand why people in the past came to this place and how people lived in this very cold part of America, then you must see this excellent. I am not a boater but their history of kayaks and canoes and then up to the beautiful mahogany speed boats was very interesting. Also, it... More

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Colorado, USA
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16 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

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

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

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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9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

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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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

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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