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“A Walk thur History”

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, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Reviewed July 24, 2013

A great way to spend a day learning about the history of the region and how difficult it was to carve out a life in this wilderness. Facinating collection of vehicles, boats and tools. We loved walking thru the private train car and imagining what it would have been like to experience traveling that way. Reading from a farm womens diary almost brought tears to my eyes - how did people do it? The hard working salt of the earth to the extremely wealthy all loved these mountains and the difference in their lives and experiences is shown thur these exhibits. Buildings are nicely spaced throughout the property, and the views are lovely. Lots of things to keep the kids busy including feeding fish and taking a ride in a canoe. The exhibit on the lumber trade was very interesting. We spent over 4 hours wandering thur the buildings and exhibits, and still did not get to see everything! Will be back to continue the journey.

Thank ccquohog
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

This is a fantastic museum for young and old alike, with wonderful collections and exhibits both indoors and out. The boat collection is amazing; the transportation exhibit on trains, carriages and buggies is equally great. There's so much to see and do here you will be hard pressed to see everything in one day. I loved the old Adirondack cabin and hotel buildings you can step into. The Bull Cottage, with its beautiful examples of Adirondack furniture is a highlight. The cafe and outside deck with incredible views to Blue Mountain Lake are an added feature. They offer gluten-free sandwich bread which I appreciated and the vegetable soup was homemade and delicious. Great gift shop too. You'll be delighted by this great museum which tells the story of Adirondack history and culture through its many and varied collections. A must-see when visiting the area.

1  Thank MNDoodles
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

A very worthwhile afternoon, highlighted by its amazing vantage point overlooking the valley with views of distant mountains. Photography exhibit about Stoddard very intriguing; how important he was to recognition of Adirondacks as a place worthy of preserving back in the late 19th century. Regional art pretty good; superb gift shop.

Worth a trip to this area if you are anywhere in the park.

Thank doctoryes
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

Much for all to see - many hands on exhibits for children and many exhibits are handicapped accessible. One can experience Adirondack history through paintings, quilts, boats, trains, old autos, a one room school house w/ typical period children's toys and games. Many exhibits are indoors - perfect for rainy days. The cafe is well priced and the gift shop has a wonderful selection of books for adults and children, Oscar's Smokhouse meat and cheese, Barkeaters chocolates, plus the usual assortment of gifts. Check the website for many special events.
We have a membership and sometimes check out one exhibit, have lunch and coffee and call it a day!

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Reviewed July 8, 2013

Many displays here that show the history of the Adirondacks. We spent most of two days here and could have spent more. One thing you have to do is watch the guide boat building demonstration, it's unbelievable the craftsmanship required. There are several different buildings dedicated to different themes. One area has several Seneca Ray Stoddard photos that show what the area was like in the late 1800's -fascinating!

Thank Chuck C
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