Lake Placid Olympic Museum
Lake Placid Olympic Museum
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Make the Lake Placid Olympic Museum your first stop on a tour of America's Olympic hometown and be inspired by the stories of the Winter Games. Located in the same building as the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" hockey game, the excitement of the Olympics lives on daily through displays and exhibits that visitors of all ages enjoy.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • woosusan
    531 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I do believe in miracles
    Great museum detailing the winter Olympics that were held in Lake Placid in 1932 and 1980. Most of the museum deals with the 1980 Olympics and the miracle on ice. The museum is a little small but very good.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 12, 2023
  • Has2bJustRight
    Burnt Hills, New York50 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Olympic Museum doesn't medal.
    While on vacation in Lake Placid we thought the Olympic Museum would be a natural choice. $54 for two adults and two older teens, but yet there wasn't enough to keep us in there for a whole hour. Only a couple interactive displays. Not sure why the ski jump interactive is done by looking through a hole while standing on a box? It was great seeing all the medals and torches, but they were just reproductions. There was some event worn uniforms and equipment, but there should have been rooms full of it. Many of the displays were reproductions of photographs. Imagine going to an art museum and there are photos of the art? This museum is a missed opportunity for a thoroughly interactive experience. Each of the major events should have a room full of event used equipment and uniforms with interactive exhibits. For example, I want to see Mike Eruzione's actual game winning puck and equipment not the players Olympic ID badges. In my opinion it is not really on the appropriate level given the location and cost of admission.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 9, 2023
  • Robert Camper
    Concord, New Hampshire100 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you are an Olympic fan
    This museum highlights the two Olympics held in Lake Placid. If you are a fan of the winter Olympics, this is a great way to spend a couple hours. Probably not very interesting for kids (ours were off hiking, so just my wife and I). We have some memories of "the Miracle on Ice" when USA won the gold in Hockey, which happened in that building. There is a little video thing of a bobsled run, and a video of going off a ski jump (which actually caused my stomach to feel a little strange). And there is a little video of the miracle on ice, the rest are static displays. Olympic torches, pins, metals, costumes/ uniforms, athletes... There was some kind of dance/ ice skating competition going on when we were there, which was a paid admission event, so the nice woman taking those tickets was letting folks in to see the ice rink, just for a minute or two, just from the entrance (since we had not paid to see the competition). It was worth it for us, but visit would have been much shorter if we had our two, under 20 year old kids with us. Just more interesting if you have some memory of the last Olympics held there, or a general interest in the winter Olympics.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 8, 2023
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Stargazers1001
New York38 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
We went through the museum on 1/15/21. The cost was $8 for me and $6 for hubby who was 65 yrs. old. The museum is small, but laid out nicely and had a lot of the skating and hockey memorabilia from 1980 olympics and additional olympics. It was nice to see all the items and see the names that I remembered from the olympics. It took us ~45 minutes to go through at a leisurely pace and all Covid measures were in place -- masks going through, spaced out people. Nice place to visit.
Written January 18, 2021
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David
New York42 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
Although I found this museum interesting, I was surprised by how small it was. I think the time it took to walk to the museum from the main entrance was about half the time it took to look at all the exhibits. I would have thought there would be more things to see given how many olympics there have been. Interesting items included the different Olympic torches used to open the games and the miracle on ice exhibits. Not many were interactive or as engaging as it could have been for young children. I wish there were more artifacts from the recent games. We did visit the ice rink and I think I would have paid extra for the guided tour if we had a second chance. I would also consider using the outdoor skating rink to enrich the overall experience. Parking is easy at the municipal lot. Dining is not available, however the downtown area is a short walk for lunch.
Written January 5, 2020
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Samantha Netzband
Sherrill, NY219 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
My friend and I visited the museum before going to see the Herb Brooks arena. While this museum was small the memorabilia in the museum was really cool. The goal from the 1980 game is in the museum as well as metals from many different Olympic Games. I highly recommend if you are interested in the history of the olympics and Lake Placid’s role in the 1932 and 1980 games.
Written February 10, 2021
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Micki F.
Manasquan, NJ28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
In all the years we've been coming to the area (30+) this is the first time we visited the museum. This is the first time my husband actually read (and enjoyed) each exhibit in any museum. If you have any interest in past winter Olympics I encourage you to visit this museum and be sure to show your support.
Written February 25, 2020
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Joebob
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
The entire museum consists of one small room with some memorabilia and displays. From there you can go upstairs and view the hockey arena from a small area. Besides a small gift shop - that's it! It's "only" $8 but it would be tough to spend more than a half hour there. Pretty disappointing overall.
Written October 15, 2020
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Robert Camper
Concord, NH100 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
This museum highlights the two Olympics held in Lake Placid. If you are a fan of the winter Olympics, this is a great way to spend a couple hours. Probably not very interesting for kids (ours were off hiking, so just my wife and I). We have some memories of "the Miracle on Ice" when USA won the gold in Hockey, which happened in that building. There is a little video thing of a bobsled run, and a video of going off a ski jump (which actually caused my stomach to feel a little strange). And there is a little video of the miracle on ice, the rest are static displays. Olympic torches, pins, metals, costumes/ uniforms, athletes... There was some kind of dance/ ice skating competition going on when we were there, which was a paid admission event, so the nice woman taking those tickets was letting folks in to see the ice rink, just for a minute or two, just from the entrance (since we had not paid to see the competition). It was worth it for us, but visit would have been much shorter if we had our two, under 20 year old kids with us. Just more interesting if you have some memory of the last Olympics held there, or a general interest in the winter Olympics.
Written August 8, 2023
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Footprints667975
Wilton, NY2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
The customer service attendant (lady) since she would not give me her name at the box office was rude and very unprofessional. We were trying to get tickets for the museum and we were told all reservations are made online. When we tried the online website it was not operational as well, when I questioned how do we get the tickets? I was told to go and complain to someone else. The worst customer service experience I have every experienced. We headed to the Museum gift shop and stopped by the main offices to talk to a manager, but he wasn't available. But an associate immediately asked how can I help? I explained the situation and she (Onna) immediately assisted to help by getting us in the the museum that very day. The experience was completely the opposite to the nameless lady at the box office. Thank you Onna and Alice for your good customer service skills.
Written December 31, 2020
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Ilan Zador
New York City, NY11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Great museum for all ages, includes artifacts from the 1932 and 1980 Olympics, and a cool section about the Miracle on Ice. Definitely worth it if you're staying in Lake Placid. In the winter, you can also go down to the ice rink right next to the museum.
Written January 26, 2020
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Maltipoo16
New York1,726 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Family
The museum was honestly much smaller than I expected in comparison to the price of admission. The artifacts in the museum were interesting though. It was only one medium sized room. It honestly only took 20-30 minutes or less to go through. Don’t plan on spending much time there, but it is nice to learn the history of Lake Placid and the Olympics when visiting for the first time.
Written July 3, 2021
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marygancarz
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Whether you're a winter enthusiast, a winter Olympics fan or a history buff of the above - the Olympic Museum is sure to please. Displays of the Olympic torches, vintage Bob sleds, hockey equipment, & speed skates are just a few of the many interesting displays.
A viewing area has the 1980 "miracle on ice" hockey game running on a continuous loop & is fun to watch & brings you back to that exciting - amazing event. A trip to the museum just adds to your Lake Placid experience.
Written February 22, 2020
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