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Taxidermy Weekend Symposium

October 5-6, 2019

Weekend Program includes lectures, tours, and Curious Creatures Masquerade.
Program admission also includes admission to ADKX October 4-7, 2019.

$110 for non-members and $90 for ADKX members

Join us this October for a uniquely Adirondack experience. To celebrate our 2019 special exhibit Curious Creatures: Taxidermy in The Adirondacks, in partnership with Morbid Anatomy, we invite you to two days of distinctive programs, tours, screenings, and conversations. Over the course of the weekend, you will meet foremost taxidermy scholars, naturalists, artists, and collectors. Presenters will include British historian Dr. Pat Morris; renowned taxidermist George Dante (Wildlife Preservations); Robert Marbury (Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists and author of Taxidermy Art); Ronni Thomas (director of “The Man Who Married Kittens”); Divya Anantharaman (Gotham Taxidermy), and Adirondack artist Barney Bellinger.

Saturday evening celebrate your totemic animal at the Curious Creatures Masquerade. For this early Halloween festivity, become your own curious creature and share a bit of your fierce nature. All species welcome, exceptional plumage appreciated, and colorful ones encouraged. Buffet dinner will be held at the historic Adirondack Hotel in the hamlet of Long Lake.

Location information:

All daytime programs and workshops will take place at the Adirondack Experience, the Museum at Blue Mountain Lake. The Museum is located in the heart of the Adirondacks about five hours from New York City and two hours from Albany by car. In early October, the forest is in full splendor and the area is quite popular for leaf peepers and other tourists. The area is both spectacular and remote; there is no public transportation, train service, or Uber available to or within the vicinity. Limited taxi service is available within parts of the Adirondack Park. The Museum and nearby lodging areas can only be reached by private or rental cars. Local shuttle service will be provided on Saturday and Sunday from lodging sites in Long Lake and Blue Mountain Lake to the Museum; an evening shuttle will transport participants to and from the masked ball. We highly recommend arranging for travel to the Museum and lodging locations well before the event.

Where to stay? The hotels in Long Lake are a 15-minute drive from the Adirondack Experience. Other options include The Hedges and The Hemlock Hall (both in Blue Mountain Lake, about five minutes from the Museum). You can also check out our lodging business members HERE


Spaces are limited for the program and workshops; advance registration with payment is required. Please call 518-352-7311, ext. 116 or email ccampeau@theadkx.org for more information (or for workshop-only registration).

Credit card payment is due at time of registration. Please be aware that the program and workshops require a minimum number of participants and are subject to cancellation due to insufficient registration. Museum staff will notify any registered participants by September 3 if any portion of the weekend events are cancelled. Refunds will be issued at time of cancellation.

To cancel your registration, please notify the Adirondack Experience no later than September 3rd to receive a full refund. After September 4th, refund amounts will be limited to 50% of the registration cost.  No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after September 17th.

Full schedule coming soon – Check back here!