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“A good overview of the Adirondack history”

Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Adirondack Experience is open for its 60th anniversary season now through Monday, October 9, 2017. The museum is open daily, including holidays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Begin your Adirondack adventure with a visit to the Adirondack Experience. A regional museum of history and art, the museum's 24 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. Services at the Adirondack Experience include the Lake View Cafe, open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, overlooking pristine Blue Mountain Lake. Picnic areas are scattered throughout the grounds. Be sure to visit the ADKX Store in the Visitor Center for a variety of Adirondack related gifts. Allow 2 - 3 hours for a relaxing visit.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Somerville, Massachusetts
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57 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“A good overview of the Adirondack history”
Reviewed July 2, 2013

I am glad I saw this exibit. The museum is set up in many small buildings on beautiful grounds overlooking one of the hundreds of lakes in the 6 million acre state park. I especially liked being able to experience the cabins and tents and lean to's typical of the area. There is also a good cafe there with views of the lake and lake islands. You can see the whole thing in two hours including having a snack and a rest in the cafe or along one of the trails.

Visited June 2013
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Punta Gorda, Florida
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53 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“A thorough history”
Reviewed June 26, 2013

This museum provides so many glimpses into life in the Adirondacks-human and native fish and animals and how peoples' incursion into the area have changed it. The museum showcases the lumber industry, the farming, transportation from snowshoes to sleighs to private luxurious railroad cars as well as transportation provided by boat. The scenery from the many different buildings as well as a fire tower is spectacular.

Parking is ample including covered parking. There is a snack bar/restaurant on the premises. Activities are available for all ages. One can spend a couple of hours or a whole day here.

Visited June 2013
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Syracuse, New York, United States
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59 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed June 26, 2013

The Adirondack Museum encompasses everything I love about a museum and more. It even has some aspects of a nature center built in. The exhibits are nicely done and offer so much information. I did not go as a child but I bet I would have liked to just as much as an adult. The facility is clean and the staff are friendly and knowledgeable. Definitely go for a few hours and plan a second trip for the future.

Visited June 2013
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Paxton, Massachusetts
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47 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Very Nice Museum”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

Spent a wonderful rainy day at the museum. I can only imagine how beautiful it would be on a nice sunny day. The museum is spread out over several different buildings and each has it's own story to tell. My 2 year old loved exploring both indoors and outdoors. We noted many families with young children also visiting that day - it is a great stop. One of our favorites during our first trip to the Adirondacks. Would most certainly recommend for both the quality and history it provides to visitors. Fantastic gift shop, courtesy strollers and wheel chairs also available.

Visited May 2013
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Johnstown, New York
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77 reviews
23 attraction reviews
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“Where to Learn About the Adirondack Park”
Reviewed March 9, 2013

Though I am a lifelong resident of the Adirondack Park area and pride myself on my knowledge of the social, historic, economic and political facets of life in the Park, I never cease to be amazed at what more I can learn from a visit to the Adirondack Museum.

A sprawling compound of 22 galleries and buildings, the Museum includes both displays in very contemporary structures as well as rebuilt cabins that were occupied by some of the park's most famous residents and hermits. Visitors can step back into the history of the Adirondack Mountains and imagine what life was like in the 1850's, when the area was so pristine, you could dip your cup into a lake and drink the cold, fresh water safely.

Each year the exhibits are changed and improved. One delightful attraction is the moving post card display, which includes post cards from the past hundred years or more. Reading what visitors from the turn of the century or earlier thought of their time spent in the Park is to relive life during those days, and to admire the fortitude of the men (and women!) who went deep into the mountains to rediscover themselves.

Of special import is the "Sairy Gamp," a tiny little handmade canoe weighing just ten and one-half pounds. It was this boat that used by George Washington Sears, aka "Nessmuk," a local guide and resident of the Park.

The Museum deserves a full day to really grasp and appreciate its many exhibits. Better yet, make it a focal point of a longer visit to the area, and stay locally in Blue Mountain Lake, Indian Lake, Long Lake or bring your camping tent or trailer and stay for a week.

Visited July 2012
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