The Kent-DeLord House Museum in Plattsburgh is one of many museums participating in the sixth annual Museum Days.
Photo by Shaun Kittle.
Melissa Peck, Director of the Clinton County Historical Association, has seen big increases in visitors.
“Museum Days is a big opening event telling people to come to the museums,” Peck said.
Many of the museums offer different activities geared toward children.
Since 2010, the CCHA has held an archaeological dig called “History of Mysteries” for young enthusiasts.
At the Champlain Valley Transportation Museum, kids have sat in a Homeland Security helicopter and the Sheriff’s Department has given demonstrations on how to properly install a car seat.
“The Clarkson Robotics Team came and did demonstrations,” Lisa LaFountain, Director of the CVTM, added.
Helen Nerska, President of the CCHA and Manager of North Star Underground Railroad Museum, said they had received more than 5,000 visitors in 2012, up from about 4,000 in 2011.
The museum, located near Au Sable Chasm, provides stories on different abolitionists who traveled through the North Country, as well as information-sharing through lectures by specialists.
“Museum Days gets bigger and better every year and as more groups are involved, it should bring attention to local citizens about the special programs that each museum puts on,” Nerska said.
Parks added, “It’s (Museum Days) a good example of how, on virtually no budget, you can create a collaborated event (to show what the community can offer).”