Adirondack Museums Tell the Region’s Story

History & Heritage, Magazine Features

These Adirondack museums are sure to entertain and educate groups, with something for all ages and interests

There are many reasons to visit New York’s Adirondack mountain region. It begins with the stunning beauty of the area and continues with outdoor recreation for every season, rich historic sites, wonderful dining options, boat tours on beautiful lakes and certainly, the sweet tradition of maple sugaring. However, it’s the region’s museums that best tell its story. Consider any of these Adirondack museums on your group’s next visit to this glorious part of the country.

Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake

This museum in the rural hamlet of Blue Mountain Lake is the storyteller for life in the Adirondacks past and present. Visitors can walk through beautiful galleries and enjoy interactive exhibits featuring unique Adirondack artifacts within 121 acres of an open-air campus. Guests can step into a guide boat, set off a charge in a mine shaft or row a vintage boat. (

The Hyde Collection

The Hyde Collection in Glen Falls is a historic house and museum complex with a distinguished collection of art, featuring Old Masters, 19th-Century European and American art and Modern and Contemporary art. The museum offers works of American and European art that span almost 6,000 years from antiquity to the present. Open year-round, The Hyde features changing exhibitions in its five gallery spaces along with lectures, concerts, family activities, education programs and tours. (

Fort Ticonderoga

Experience the blend of history and natural beauty like nowhere else. Explore 2,000 acres of America’s most historic landscape located on the shores of Lake Champlain and nestled between New York’s Adirondack and Vermont’s Green Mountains in Ticonderoga. Explore one of North America’s finest collections of 18th-century military material culture. Exhibitions featuring art, weapons and equipment from North America and Europe highlight Ticonderoga’s signature stories and document warfare in Colonial and Revolutionary America. There are many tour options from Fort Ticonderoga Guided Museum Tour and Breaking Ground Tour to the Scenic Boat Tour and Family Guided Tour. (

Frederic Remington Art Museum

Frederic Remington was an American artist who specialized in depictions of the American Old West. Many of his paintings and sculptures included cowboys, American Indians and the U.S. Calvary. This museum, located in Ogdensburg, New York, hosts a comprehensive collection of original Remington paintings, sketches and sculptures, as well as a broad array of personal effects and correspondence that serve to bring the artist and his vision to life. (

International Maple Museum Centre

This museum in Croghan was founded in 1977 to preserve the history and evolution of the North American maple syrup industry. Exhibits depict the history of maple syrup and sugar-making techniques ranging from those used by the Native Americans to plastic tubing and stainless-steel evaporators in use today. On a tour, you will explore three display rooms and will find a replica of a sugar house, equipment room and the American Maple Hall of Fame. (

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