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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: Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Paris, France
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76 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Worth half a day”
Reviewed 22 October 2013

Great collection of old boats; well worth a detour in itself. Also fine reps of how people lived once upon a time. Loved the private RR car. Great layout, nice staff. Beautiful setting. Out of the way, but well orth a detour.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank William R
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Buffalo, New York
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159 reviews
127 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Nicely done”
Reviewed 18 October 2013

Care for a course on the Adirondacks? This is your place. The Adirondack Museum bills itself as a place for an epic visit, and it isn't kidding. We stopped for about three hours to see it, and then had a leisurely lunch overlooking Blue Mountain Lake, which is spectacular.

This has buildings big and small spread over a large campus. Sample subjects are boating, logging, recreation, and transportation. You can climb a fire tower and see a luxury railroad car.

It's all very well done, telling the story of the region in relatively complete fashion. There's lots of material on what the 19th century residents did to live, and to be fair that may not be gripping to some. In other words, I'm not sure if kids will have the patience to spend three hours here. But they will certain learn some things if they do.

Visited October 2013
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Arlington, Virginia
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61 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Engaging Displays in a Lovely Setting”
Reviewed 17 October 2013

This museum's wonderful combination of outdoor exhibits and indoor displays gives visitors the opportunity to both visualize and understand what life was like in the Adirondacks of yesteryear. The history of logging--from the business end to the way of life for loggers--is displayed through artifacts, videos, photographs, personal mementos, along with explanations by museum curators and experts. The boats, carriages, and even a restored luxury railway car are strikingly beautiful. My daughter and I particularly enjoyed going through the Adirondack house that is filled with furniture made out of materials directly from the northern woods. A number of buildings house the exhibits and the park-like setting provides the perfect atmosphere for a glimpse into the history of a fascinating region. An added bonus is the lovely gift shop that has a wide array of Adirondack-related items and books.

Visited August 2013
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Santa Barbara, CA USA
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62 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Fabulously educational and entertaining”
Reviewed 17 October 2013

What a gem of a regional museum! Terrific displays putting all things Adirondack into perspective - the natural landscape, the history of logging, the camps, transportation. Favorites - the life sized and very early Smoky the Bear, the ornate and beautifully restored private rail car, and the very informative and visceral display on the dangerous but important logging industry which made the Adirondacks so important for for generations.

Visited October 2013
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Kennebunkport, Maine
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237 reviews
96 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Worth a Detour, for sure!”
Reviewed 16 October 2013

We just spent about 2 hours at the Adirondack Museum and it wasn't long enough, but we arrived mid-afternoon, so we did the best we could. this is a very well presented museum showcasing the Adirondacks and all its different facets- forestry industry, boating, horses and transportation, art and so on. I'm not a fan of boats per se, but seeing the beautifully hand-crafted canoes etc is almost like viewing pieces of art. I also enjoyed all the examples of rustic furniture and the rustic cabins. There is a lot to see- and it's all pretty interesting. I highly recommend a visit, even if you have to drive a bit

Visited October 2013
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