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Address: 89 Church St, Saranac Lake, NY 12983-1832
Phone Number: 15188914606
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Built in 1894, The Saranac Laboratory was the first lab built in the U.S....

Built in 1894, The Saranac Laboratory was the first lab built in the U.S. for the research of tuberculosis. Historic Saranac Lake painstakingly restored the building and opened it as a museum in 2009. The museum is open with exhibits on scientific research and patient care. Historic Saranac Lake is not-for-profit architectural preservation organization that captures and presents local history from our center at the Saranac Laboratory Museum.

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This was a good stop. At $5 per person it was a good value. The "antique" medical equipment was exceptionally interesting. We were interested in how much some of the old... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a good stop. At $5 per person it was a good value. The "antique" medical equipment was exceptionally interesting. We were interested in how much some of the old instruments, that were viewed as quackery, resemble currently used medical techniques. We had some comparative experience having seen the "cottage style" form of therapy used with epilepsy in the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a real find. Very well illustrated Very interesting. Spent an hour and a half. $5 to enter but educational.

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Camden NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I stopped at the museum while driving through Saranac Lake. It is a very well organized museum - great artifacts, just the right amount of reading and audio spots. The woman on staff answered all of our questions and was very happy to talk with us. I learned so much about a little town I have been... More 

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Manlius, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

Fascinating museum which provides the context of Saranac Lake's role as a recovery center for those suffering from tuberculosis from late 1800's until 1950. Sounds dull? Far from it! Learn about Dr. Trudeau, Cure Cottages, the true origin of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival and so much more.

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Manlius, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

We found this small but highly informative museum most enlightening on the region's importance as a destination for convalescing TB patients. Dr. Trudeau's story is compelling, and the museum full of terrific old medical equipment and information. Highly recommended for students of medical history, those curious about an ailment once afflicting 1 in 7 Americans, and anyone interested in learning... More 

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Chautauqua, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

So glad we took the time to stop by this museum. The story told here is one that highlights the advances of medical research. Also, the young woman working in the gift shop gave us some excellent suggestions for last minute lodging and dinner on a busy Friday evening.

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Bowie, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

It's not a huge museum by any means but it is very interesting to learn about the history of the cure cottages and the research that was performed right there in that building to find a cure for TB.

Thank 854sara13
River Edge, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016

When we first walked in this place, I thought we would be done in 30 seconds based on the size. However, I have children that love sciences & history so this place was quite a find for them. The history behind this place is intriguing and the stories of patients kept us captivated. We spent quite a bit of time... More 

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Lawrenceville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2016

I have been living in the area for almost two years. I have driven by many times and always wondered what they meant by laboratory museum. Today my friend and I stopped in to check it out and it was amazing. It was very interesting to read all the stories and hear about all this building has seen in its... More 

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Saranac Lake, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2016

Interesting, changing museum exhibits. Short films are available to watch. Knowledgable and friendly staff.

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