Adirondack History Museum


Elizabethtown's original central school provides ample space for a large collection of artifacts from over 200 years of Essex County history and culture. The 2019 seasonal exhibits include "Bootleggers & the Law in the ADKs,” “One Earth - Two Perspectives: The Photography and Drawings of Manuel Palacios and Dan Keegan," and "Adirondack Suffragists: The Temperance Movement." Special programming is held throughout the season, so check the Museum’s web site out for their full schedule.

The museum's spotlight exhibit, "Hiking the Adirondack High Peaks" is a new interactive permanent exhibit exploring hiking history dating back to the mid-19th Century. The exhibit highlights the work of the Adirondack Forty-Sixers, the Adirondack Mountain Club, hiking pioneers, old time guides, and other historic and contemporary figures. The Museum’s award-winning “Worked/Wild” exhibit serves as an introduction to the region by exploring the people who worked the land and those who enjoyed the glorious beauty of the Adirondacks. For younger visitors and the young at heart, “Arto Monaco and the Land of Makebelieve” presents an interactive area celebrating early amusement parks. Artifacts include a restored stagecoach, an Olympic bobsled, and a fire tower which guests are welcome to climb!

The Brewster Library research center houses a collection of rare books, maps, newspapers, photographs, census records, company ledgers, and other materials, and is open by appointment.

Hours of operation:

Open May - October, Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday 12-4 p.m.
Note: There is an admission fee to enter the museum.

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