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Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake

9097 State Route 30, Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812
+1 518-352-7311
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Worth a visit

Worth a visit--or two--if you are exploring the Adirondacks. There is a wealth of information... read more

Reviewed 11 August 2015
Rochester, NY
via mobile
Tremendously educational and fun

We went with a 2 year old and a 9 year old last year, and everyone loved it. We learned so much... read more

Reviewed 11 August 2015
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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.
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9097 State Route 30, Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812
+1 518-352-7311
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Reviewed 11 August 2015 via mobile

Worth a visit--or two--if you are exploring the Adirondacks. There is a wealth of information regarding the history, industry and topography of the region, and some stunning views to boot (particularly from the cafeteria) of Blue Mountain Lake. Young children (age 7 and below) might...More

Thank Pamela225
Reviewed 11 August 2015

We went with a 2 year old and a 9 year old last year, and everyone loved it. We learned so much about the history and culture of the Adirondacks - from logging, to hunting, to camping, to trains, to fishing, etc. Beautiful exhibits and...More

Thank Sarah E
Reviewed 6 August 2015 via mobile

Would highly recommend a visit. Lots for kids to interact with and fascinating for grown-ups. Could easily consume the bulk of a day.

Thank Sean G
Reviewed 4 August 2015 via mobile

We visited on a Tuesday and the place was quiet. Good displays , well laid out with good information. A real feel for the logging and tourism of The Adirondacks and God guides. We also ate in the cafe - God plain food at a...More

Thank DaveThomasLeicester
Reviewed 28 July 2015

The museum shows you the history and has many hands on displays. A boat ride, a place for pictures where you pose behind an 1800's style couple😊. A train to walk through and see how people with money traveled in the early days into the...More

Thank elainewny
Reviewed 25 July 2015

There is something here for everyone here. Covers the full range of human history in this mountain playground. Trains, camping, boats, road building, architecture, hunting, logging, fishing, sport, mining, the "camp" which is the local term for your place in the mountains: it's all here....More

2  Thank sharonincolorado
Reviewed 20 July 2015

What a treasure and must see attraction when visiting the Adirondacks. Be prepared to walk a lot as it contains several buildings which contain different exhibitions. It is a unique look into the history and culture of the Adirondack region and American history both past...More

Thank OriginalBookmaven
Reviewed 19 July 2015

I went to this museum with an educational seminar. The layout is quite appealing as you travel from building to building on the grounds to investigate Adirondack history. I was able to watch a gorgeous wooden boat being constructed and the artist in residence was...More

Thank lailabean
Reviewed 19 July 2015

A great place to spend several hours learning about the history of the Adirondack region. Wonderful life size displays. Beautiful area to wander in. Good food at restaurant.

Thank travelinggal47
Reviewed 14 July 2015

I was extremely impressed with the Adirondack Museum. There are plenty of interesting exhibits spread throughout multiple buildings. There is plenty to interest adults but also child friendly activities everywhere. The on-site café has SPECTACULAR views of Blue Mountain Lake. They serve pre made sandwiches...More

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Julie P
6 September 2015|
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Response from Jennifer T | Property representative |
Hi, Julie, yes, most part of the campus are accessible, and staff members provide assistance where needed. Wheelchairs are available at admissions, and there are scooters available for rent. The path to the cafe... More
28 June 2015|
Response from Jennifer T | Property representative |
Dogs need to remain outside the museum, where there is dog-walking area. Humans can go in and out of the museum as often as they like.
23 April 2015|
Response from Jennifer T | Property representative |
Yes, the Lake View Cafe features fresh soups, salads, sandwiches, hot entrées, kid-friendly items, desserts, and fountain drinks - plus a stunning view over Blue Mountain Lake. When ther museum is open for the season (May 22... More