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“Worth spending a full day - interesting for all ages”

Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Adirondack Experience is now closed for the regular season and will reopen on Friday, May 25, 2018. A regional museum of history and art, the museum's 23 buildings and exhibitions are situated on 121 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 it 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 trout, or participate in a school field trip. Allow 2 - 3 hours for a relaxing visit.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed July 8, 2011

Not a typical boring museum. I toured with a group of 30+ senior citizens and enjoyed all of the interactive exhibits. Museum appealed to all ages; more than you can do in a full day. Especially enjoyed seeing the private RR car from the Gilded Age. Unlike other museums, where you would only be able to look inside, here we were able to actually walk through the RR car. Make sure to obtain the map as it is helpful to locate individual exhibits. However, be prepared to do lots of walking and the black flies can be a nuisance. Definitely a must see as part of the Adirondacks -- the exhibits are diverse and comprehensive so there is something for every age and interest.

2  Thank CynthiafromOhio2011
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Reviewed June 25, 2011

We are so glad that the owner of the B&B we were staying at in Bolton Landing suggested visiting the Adirondack Museum on a rainy day.......it is so great, it is also worth visiting on a sunny day! There are more than 20 different buildings to visit.....our only regret is that we didn't get there earlier in the day....you can easily spend the whole day there. Every exhibit is interesting and set-up so well, and the whole place is so well-maintained that you might think it was only built a few years ago, whereas, in fact, the original building was built in 1957 and they've been adding buildings and exhibits ever since. We loved the boats exhibit, the horse & carriage exhibit, the logging exhibit, the extensive art exhibit of the famous western artist, Tait, and other exhibits, but my favorite by far was the private railroad car of some millionaire from the 1800s, in pristine shape with the beautiful mahogony woodwork, sparkling antique light fixtures, plush furniture, But the best part, we were able to walk inside the full length of it!

There is a cafe where you can have lunch if you are smart enough to plan to be there the whole day. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable (especially the man who greeted us as we entered the Welcome Center).

3  Thank judychicagoillinois
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Reviewed June 9, 2011

This museum complex is very well kept.

The staff are very informative and friendly.

The collection is impressive and spans many decades. Nothing is boring or dull.

Prepare to walk a bit up and down hills from building to building. Allow enough time.

Admission seemed pricey to me. We found $2.00 discount tickets, but that's still $16.00 adult after the discount. The senior rate is $16, but the "adult" discount coupon does not apply. Apparently there are also "senior" $2.00 discount coupons. Check before you go.
Some significant "specials" would be nice.

Also, the cafeteria food was very high priced. It was well stocked and staffed, but I didn't see anyone dining. Our party scanned the prices and decided to pass.

June is, they say, the worst for Black Flies. They are VERY bothersome, swarming around my head and in my ears. It was very hard to find relief from them. We did not have repellents, but they may help some. The bites were common around the neck.

Pros: Clean, Friendly Staff, Interesting displays

Cons: Admission = (both price and coupon policy), Food Prices, BLACK FLIES

3  Thank nysq1
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Reviewed May 9, 2011

This is such a delightful way to spend the day. The exhibits are outstanding, everything from the stage coach that Teddy Roosevelt rode to his presidency in to full trains, to wonderful furniture and structures. Add that to demonstrations and a cafeteria with a million dollar view and its a perfect day. I always look forward to going back.

Thank madthompso
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Reviewed September 26, 2010

We were there in early June and only went there because other attraction we wanted to see - Saranac Lodge for one - were closed on week days. (Hint - see the Adirondacks on the weekends in shoulder season) Anyway this Museum was a real treat and we are not museum fans. Even the food was delightful in a small cafeteria overlooking the lake. Could easily spend a full day here. And that was without the demonstrations (again wrong time of the year).. The transportation exhibits - boats, trains, etc were very well done. The guides in each area could talk with you for hours. Old houses, quilt exhibit and more were all excellent

3  Thank BKBK10
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