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“A Great Experience of Adirondack Life”

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, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Beverly MA
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“A Great Experience of Adirondack Life”
Reviewed 27 August 2006

Although an hour's trip from Lake Placid, the nearest major resort area, the Adirondack Museum is well worth a visit. The complex is much larger than expected, with 20+ exhibit buildings of all different sizes. In addition to a great scenic location with views out over Blue Mountain Lake, there is a nice simple food service, great gift shop and lots of choices among the exhibits. Families or folks of all ages should enjoy the selection, from train cars, to dozens of boats, to Adirondack rustic furniture, to tales of life in the lumbering and mining industries of the mountains. We (four adults) expected to spend a couple of hours, but ended up staying from late morning until closing.

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“this is an incredible place”
Reviewed 15 January 2003

don't let the word 'museum' scare you off. This is not a dusty old building with dusty displays. There is much to see and do, indoors and out. I would recommend planning a whole day here. A lot of people just drive up from Syracuse and then drive back the same day, but there are plenty of places to stay between Old Forge to the south and Tupper Lake to the north. The museum also has an annual art show and an antique show among other activities. Kids will enjoy the hands-on displays, activities and just plain running around. The museum also has a big gift shop and a cafeteria, we sometimes bring a picnic lunch and eat outside under the trees near the parking lot.

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