Adirondack Museum's Golden Anniversary Season Opens Memorial

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE The Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake will open for its 50th season Memorial Day weekend. Since 1957, the museum has been collecting and interpreting objects from all time periods that represent the lives of Adirondack residents and visitors. In celebration, the museum will begin the season showcasing the regions rich heritage and rustic roots through new anniversary exhibits, events and festivities. The celebration will kickoff on Friday, May 25 at 10 a.m. and will continue all weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27, there will be engaging events and activities for all ages, including demonstrations of blacksmithing and rustic furniture making, music, costumed interpreters, lean-to building and special prizes. The award-winning bluegrass duo, The Gibson Brothers, will present a celebratory concert on the museum grounds on Saturday, May 26. Like the views of Blue Mountain Lake and the Adirondack Mountains, the celebration this year will be spectacular, states Caroline Welsh, Adirondack Museum director. We have new exhibits campus-wide, unique programs and events, hands-on activities, and an incredible line-up of fun on tap for all ages. The new exhibit A Celebration of Community History: The Adirondack Museum at 50 will reveal the past, present and future direction of the Adirondack Museum. It will feature units on Tyler Merwins Blue Mountain House; the Adirondack Historical Association; the growth and development of the museum and its collections; and an outdoor component located throughout the museum grounds. The exhibit will showcase objects, historic photographs and documents, and the museum landscape. The Adirondack Museum itself is a testament to the story of the Adirondacks, adds Ms. Welsh. 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 gateway. 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 will examine its vision for the future. This will include highlights of the Lake Placid Branch Museum project. The museum will also open components of a multi-faceted, two-year exhibit showcasing the regions defining aesthetic: Adirondack Rustic. The Adirondack Rustic theme will begin flowing through the museums new exhibits, which will showcase unique art, uncommon architecture, exquisite rustic furniture, and notable style, from the mid-1800s through today. 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 hunting camp. The special exhibits will be accompanied throughout the season by lectures, field trips, and a host of other activities. Located at Routes 28N and 30 in Blue Mountain Lake, the Adirondack Museum will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., seven days a week from May 25 through October 14 and the last two weekends in October. Admission to the museum is $15 for adults and $8 for children ages 6-12. Children under 6 are admitted free of charge. Group rates are available.

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