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“Fascinating Collection of items relating to the start of the US Navy”

Skenesborough Museum
Ranked #2 of 6 things to do in Whitehall
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

The museum is definitely worth a visit. It is a somewhat disjointed collection of artifacts and in this age of slick, high cost museums it might seem a little unprofessional but don't be thwarted by that impression. There is a wealth of information inside about how Benedict Arnold directed the building of America's first Navy fleet of war vessels and then confronted the British on Lake Champlain. There are lots of old maps and photos and a series of models that show what the boat building area looked like and how the boats were made. The admission fee is only $2.00 per person so its like a real incredible bargain. Just walk on down the street to see the locks and beyond the area represented by the museum. Very educational and good place for families.

Thank Ted S
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

We went to this small (but comprehensive) museum after visiting Fort Ticonderoga which turned out to compliment our visit to the Fort in ways that we could not have anticipated. As a museum of the first organized fleet of America's military most of the museum's exhibits revolved around the same time period of Fort Ticonderoga and all of the majors wars fought during the 1700's in this area. The museum is located in Whitehall, NY. The town is small now but it was once a bustling hub of ship building activity and gateway to Lake Champlain and Fort Ticonderoga. The history of this small but important town was fascinating.

1  Thank Linda C
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

I don't even know where to begin. Took my mom (military veteran) and sister (navy veteran) to see the "birthplace of the navy". Instead of finding a neat and well kept museum and grounds, we found an abandoned museum and neglected grounds. I was shocked and appalled. It appeared as if everyone had just closed up shop, never to return. Buildings were neglected, becoming overgrown with plants and weeds.

How can the birthplace of the navy, in one of the most powerful countries in the world, allow this to happen. To add insult to injury, the neighborhood is run down and depressed. When we were admiring the memorial to veterans, a few local youths drove by and yelled something inappropriate. I would not return to this location. This is not a place for families.

Thank ZHound
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Reviewed 7 April 2013

Wish to learn about the "Birthplace of the U.S. Navy"? This museum is the place to go. Would you like to learn how a lock works? Please visit.

1  Thank MargeM260
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