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Adirondack Museum, Blue Mountain Lake

(4.8/5 based on 300+ reviews on the web)
The Adirondack Museum offers more than 40,000 square feet of exciting exhibitions housed in 24 modern and historic buildings on a 121 acre campus. Interactive, hands-on activities abound, making the stories of the Adirondacks and its people highly engaging for the whole family.

Services at the Adirondack Museum include the Lake View Café, open 11am to 4pm daily and overlooking pristine Blue Mountain Lake; free visitor Wi-Fi; clear cell-phone reception; child strollers; wheelchairs, walkers, and scooters; tourist information; bicycle rack; ATM; RV parking; and more. Picnic areas are scattered throughout the grounds. Be sure to visit the Museum Store in the Visitor Center for a variety of Adirondack related gifts, many made in the Adirondacks and in New York State.
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  • If you are in the area you should definitely stop in for a visit. Friendly staff, informative exhibits, special events and hiking trails close by. A treasure in the Adirondack Mountains.  more »
  • Fair warning: you will probably leave this museum regretting that you did not plan to spend more time here. That is what happened to us. This is an unusually creative and imaginative museum. If there ...  more »
  • Stopped here on the drive back to Syracuse from Lake Placid. Well worth the visit; this is an excellent museum that showcases the natural and social/industrial history of the Adirondacks. Very educati...  more »
  • I love the Adirondack Museum! It presents the history of people in the Adirondacks in many aspects. If it is your first time, you can easily spend all day there. I have been visiting the museum several times a year for the past 18 years, and I am always discovering something new. I live only a few miles from it in the summer, so it is easy to pop down there with our guests on a cool or rainy day. We attend many of their Monday evening lectures series, most of which are excellent. In 2016, they have closed the former Rails and Roads building, to create a whole new display for 2017.
  • went on a very rainy August day with my wife. We both loved this place regardless of getting abit wet. beautiful display of Adirondack furniture and basket caning that my wife loved as well as boat making that was wonderful for myself. a beautiful history lession for all ages..will go again for sure.
  • Great museum. Lots of boats and Adirondack history. Took us (2 young adults) about 3.5 hours to go through everything, and do a hike. Friendly staff members throughout the museum will tell you more about exhibits if you are interested. Mix of indoor and outdoor activities -- you do need to walk outside to get between buildings and exhibits. Could still visit during bad weather as most of the stuff to see is inside, but would want to dress appropriately for getting between buildings and wandering outside some. Cafe has decent food selection, a little pricey, as expected. There is a small lake about 1 mile away you can hike to, it is an easy hike. Plenty of free parking, with a parking garage as well as an open lot. Pretty large gift shop with many books as well as shirts and trinkets and other standard souvenirs.
  • If you love the Adirondacks you should go. Great exhibits about boating, travel, wildlife and more. Reasonable entry fee and very friendly, knowledgeable staff. You can also grab food at a small cafe with views of Blue Mountain Lake.
  • Great way of learning the history of the Adirondacks. The café also had good options. Huge gift shop.