The Adirondack Museum, located in beautiful Blue Mountain Lake, is about to enter its 59th season! When the museum opens its doors on May 20, it promises a season full of more exhibits and fun events for anyone interested in the Adirondacks.
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The Adirondack Museum has some surprises in store for its 59th season. For the first time, the museum will allow public access to the historic, 100-acre Minnow Pond. Adirondack Guide and naturalist Ed Kanze will conduct tours to the secluded location on Thursdays in July, August, and September. If you can’t make a tour, the three-quarter-mile trail will be open for self-guided walks beginning in July.
Museum visitors will also have the chance to preview “The Adirondack Experience,” an exhibit which combines interactive experiences with five different galleries. The 18,000-square-foot exhibit will fill up the former Roads and Rails building. The sneak peek will feature sample artifacts, previews of Indigenous artwork, and “Adirondack Woodswoman” Anne Labastille’s cabin!
Another one of the Adirondack Museum’s new displays is located in the Merwin Hill Pavilion. Known as “Feathered Friends: Birder’s Byway,” the interactive display is composed of informative signs that tell you about different Adirondack bird species and how to identify them. The next time you hear a chirp or spot a bird nearby, you might be able to tell what kind it is!
To celebrate the history of basket making in the Adirondacks, the museum has installed an exhibit titled “Weaving a Legacy: Mohawk Basketry Traditions.” The exhibit focuses on the craft of basket weaving in the Mohawk community’s past and present. Visitors can learn about the craft’s tools and techniques, as well as how the tradition has passed from generation to generation.
One of the highlights of this season will be when the museum awards noted environmentalist, author, and educator Bill McKibben the prestigious Harold K. Hochschild Award on July 30.
The museum also has some of its signature events planned as well! The Third Annual Made in the Adirondacks Fair on July 23 will offer crafts, workshops, demonstrations, and more. On September 10 and 11, the 29th Annual Rustic Furniture Fair will take place and feature handcrafted furniture, furnishings, and paintings. Lastly, the Antiques Show and Sale on September 17 and 18 will offer furniture, rare books, jewelry and crafts, and other goods.
The Adirondack Museum will be open from May 20 through October 10, and its regular hours are 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. daily.
From workshops to interactive exhibits, the Adirondack Museum’s 59th season looks to be another unforgettable one. We can’t wait to check it out!