In the sun
Photos courtesy of the Adirondack Museum
ABOVE: A map of the grounds at the Adirondack Museum. RIGHT:
Blue Mountain Lake from the Lake View Deck at the museum.
BELOW: The visitors center.
BLUE MT. LAKE -- The Adirondack
Museum here will open for its 50th
season Memorial Day Weekend.
The museum has been collecting and
interpreting objects that represent the
lives of Adirondack residents and visitors
since 1957. In celebration, it will begin
the season showcasing the region's rich
heritage and rustic roots through new
anniversary exhibits, events and
The celebration kicks off Friday, May
25, at 10 a.m. and continues all weekend.
Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27,
there will be events and activities for all
ages, including blacksmithing and rustic
furniture making demonstrations, music,
costumed interpreters, lean-to building
The Gibson Brothers will present a
bluegrass concert Saturday.
"Like the views of Blue Mountain Lake
and the Adirondack Mountains, the
celebration this year will be spectacular,"
Museum Director Caroline Welsh says.
"We have new exhibits, unique programs
and events, hands-on activities and an
incredible line-up of fun on tap for all
The new exhibit, "A Celebration of
Community History: The Adirondack
Museum at 50", reveals the past, present
and future direction of the Museum.
"The Adirondack Museum itself is a
testament to the story of the
Adirondacks," Welsh says. "The very
place on which the museum sits reflects
the story of the Adirondacks: first a
lumber camp, then summer hotel, now
museum. It mirrors the transformation of
the Adirondack region from mineral and
lumber resource to resort and recreation
"It is only fitting to open a special year
with an extraordinary exhibit that reflects
the mission of the Museum."
In addition to the history of the
Museum, the exhibit examines its vision
for the future, including the Lake Placid
Branch Museum project.
The Museum will also open components
of a multi-faceted, two-year exhibit
showcasing the region's defining
aesthetic: Adirondack Rustic. The
Adirondack Rustic theme will begin
flowing through the new exhibits, which
showcase unique art, uncommon
architecture, exquisite rustic furniture and
notable style from the mid-1800s through
Adirondack Rustic exhibits opening
Memorial Day Weekend include: "Cabins
and Cottages: Great Camps and Small",
featuring more than 90 images exploring
the diversity of Adirondack rustic
architecture; "Adirondack Rustic
Furniture", a collection of fine and rarely
exhibited pieces of rustic furniture;
"Adirondack Rustic Revived",
showcasing contemporary rustic pieces
made in the last 20 years; and "Buck
Lake Club Hunting Camp", introducing
visitors to the relaxed atmosphere and
rustic charm of a typical Adirondack
The special exhibits will be
accompanied throughout the season by
lectures, field trips and a host of other
OPENING MAY 25
Located on State Route 28N/30 in Blue
Mountain Lake, the Adirondack Museum
will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven
days a week from May 25 through Oct. 14
and the last two weekends in October.
Admission is $15 for adults and $8 for
children ages 6-12.
Children under age 6 are admitted free.
Group rates are available.
The Adirondack Museum has 22
buildings and historic structures on 32
acres overlooking Blue Mountain Lake.
Its exhibits and programs tell the stories
of how people have lived, worked, played
and traveled in the Adirondack region for
over 200 years.
For more information call (518) 352-
7311 or visit www.AdirondackMuseum-
Adirondack Museum turning 50