A great museum if you're at all into mountaineering, or even just reading about mountaineering. It's not a huge museum, but it's packed with all kinds of interesting exhibits, and you can watch short films (about the effects of altitude and the debate over whether or not one should use supplemental oxygen) on either side of the museum. There's an abundance of history here, expressed through some really unique items, like the ice axe that Pete Schoening used to save the lives of five fellow climbers in 1953, on K2. Yes, THAT one. The one he actually used for THE Belay. The museum also features neat things like a scale model of Everest with pins tracing the various routes people have climbed over the years, displays explaining climbing hardware and its evolution over the years, historic climbs, and much more.
The docent on duty while we were there, Al, could not have been more helpful and accommodating if he tried; we really appreciated him, as did our dog, who thought he was the bees' knees.
The library of the American Alpine Club is also in the same building; you can browse their books, and they even have some for sale.
Which brings me to my only complaint: there was no gift shop, and I would have loved to have bought some souvenirs (in addition to the three books I bought from the library) there.
Heartily recommend, and I'll definitely go back if I ever get back that way.
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