The Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake offers 65,000 square feet of exciting exhibitions housed in 24 modern and historic buildings. One of the largest museums in Upstate New York, the Adirondack Experience is the place for Adirondack visitors to deepen their appreciation for what’s special about the region, and to explore how people have lived, worked, traveled and played in the Adirondacks from the 19th century right up until today. Interactive, hands-on activities abound, making the stories of the Adirondacks and its people highly engaging for children as well as adults.
Its vast collections have been assembled over more than 50 years and reflect life, work, play, creativity, and people’s interaction with nature. Highlights include one of the largest collections of inland waterway boats in the nation, as well as carriages and sleighs, paintings, rustic furniture, and materials relating to outdoor recreation, logging, mining, tourism and countless other topics. The museum’s fine art collection contains over 2,500 oils on canvas, watercolors, paintings, prints and artists’ sketchbooks. The 70,000 historic photographs in the collection include works by Seneca Ray Stoddard, Alfred Stieglitz, and Eliot Porter among others.
Thousands of one-of-a-kind artifacts are on view throughout the Adirondack Experience’s galleries ranging from an elegant private railroad car to a hermit’s cabin. The remainder of the collection is housed primarily in a 28,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Collections Storage and Study Center (open for press tours by appointment).
The museum serves students and teachers throughout the Adirondack region and beyond. Offerings include exhibit-based classes, field trip opportunities, outreach programs in the classroom, and online research opportunities. The Adirondack Experience sees more than 8,000 students per year. In addition, public programs are offered throughout the year for adults. These include workshops, events, lectures, and demonstrations of traditional Adirondack crafts. Interactive activities are also offered for families.
The Adirondack Experience Library houses the most comprehensive collection of books, periodicals, manuscripts, maps and government documents in existence that is related to the Adirondack region. Use of the library is available by appointment; please email Library Director Ivy Gocker at
The Adirondack Experience makes every effort to ensure that all visitors have a satisfying visit. Wheelchairs, wheeled walkers, strollers, hearing assist devices (auditorium only) and transcripts are available; electric scooters are available for rent.
The Adirondack Experience has more than 3,600 members. Membership dues help to fund the museum’s exhibits and programs. Members receive free admission, discounts, and special event invitations. Membership can be purchased online at www.theADKXStore.com. The museum is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) institution supported by admission fees as well as gifts and grants from individuals, foundations, corporations and government agencies.
For historical photographs, contact: Hanna Person, Registrar, hperson@theADKX.org.