Forts & Museums

The Adirondack Coast’s rich history is celebrated throughout the region and highlighted in these wonderful forts and museums. Explore our military, agriculture, and cultural history.

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Adirondack Experience

The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake with 121 sprawling acres and over two dozen buildings and exhibition spaces to explore, you can count on your Adirondack Experience visit to be just that: an experience that’s action-packed, entertaining, educational, and fun for the entire family. From feeding trout, to bird watching, to interacting with craftsmen as they ply their trades, to strolling gallery after gallery of Adirondack art, photography, furniture, tools, cabins, boats and more, the Adirondack Experience has something for everyone. 

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Adirondack History Museum

The Adirondack History Museum is home to the Essex Country Historical Society, an organization dedicated to the interpretation of Adirondack History through our diverse collections, exhibits and educational programs.  Their mission is to preserve and interpret Essex County's collective past to inspire a shared future.

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Adirondack Sky Center & Observatory

In the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, Tupper Lake, NY provides one of the best destinations for stargazing in the East. The combination of low-light pollution, low humidity and high altitude provide nearly ideal conditions for night sky viewing. It is here where the Adirondack Sky Center & Observatory has been laying its roots into the dark side of a hill on Big Wolf Road.

Currently, the Sky Center hosts stargazing on clear nights year round and offers many educational opportunities for the entire family, but their plans for the future are out of this world...literally. The addition of an AstroScience Center Museum and Planetarium is underway and you won't want to miss its opening, so stay up to date on the latest news by visiting!

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Babbie Rural & Farm Learning Museum

The Babbie Rural & Farm Learning Museum depicts rural and farm life in the Champlain Valley and Adirondacks prior to the 1950s in an entertaining environment with live demonstrations. It is their goal to create an atmosphere that depicts how rural farm families lived and worked in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  The museum also acquires, restores, displays and demonstrates how things were operated during that era.  Visitors to the museum learn about New York's rural and farm life development from seeing horse drawn implements, gas engines, early tractors and other supporting tools in action.

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Clinton County Historical Association

Interpreting the history of Clinton County, the Clinton County Historical Museum features three floors of exhibit space with eight galleries and display areas. Their permanent collection includes over 20,000 textiles, documents, photographs, paintings, and other Clinton County memorabilia. The museum also features changing exhibits throughout the year and is convenientally located on Old Base Museum Campus.

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Fort Ticonderoga

Immerse yourself in nearly 2000 acres of exquisite landscape at Fort Ticonderoga.  Experience the story of the creation of an empire in the French & Indian War resulting in the struggle for America's independence a generation later. Relive the defining moments in America's history when nations fought to control a continent. Located within the shadow of the Adirondack Mountains and overlooking Vermont's picturesque Green Mountains, Fort Ticonderoga guards the historic portage between Lake Champlain and Lake George.

Check out America's Fort Cafe on the Champlain Valley Cuisine Trail!

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Kent Delord House Museum

The Kent Delord House was built in 1797 and was home to the Delord family between 1810 and 1913.  Henry Delord was a merchant, a judge and a well-respected member of the early 19th century Plattsburgh community.  Before the Battle of Plattsburgh, Henry and his family fled the house, which was then occupied by British officers from an artillery corps.  Inside see a mess chest left behind by the British officers, portaits of Henry and Betsey Delord, a case clock and other furniture belonging to Henry, a silver tea service which the family claimed Betsey buried in the garden before the British arrived, and other furnishings from throughout the 19th century. The Kent-Delord House Museum gardens are also a stop on the International Peace Garden Trail.

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Lyon Mountain Mining and Railroad Museum

The Lyon Mountain Mining and Railroad Museum provides history of the mining industry, the company as well as the mining towns of Lyon Mountain and Standish. The museum features exhibits on the Chateauguay branch of the D&H Railroad and includes magnetism and railroad play and craft areas for children.

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North Star Underground Railroad Museum

This North Star Underground Railroad Museum reveals the hidden history of the Champlain Line of the Underground Railroad.   Poignant exhibits portray compelling stories of fugitives from slavery who passed through Northeastern New York and the Champlain Valley on their way to freedom in Québec and Ontario, Canada.

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Northern New York American-Canadian Genealogical Society  

Dedicated to the research of genealogies and family histories of your Clinton County ancestors, the Northern New York American-Canadian Genealogical Society contains more than 5,000 volumes dedicated to local research including books on Clinton County families, church and cemetery records, the Loiselle Marriage Index and much more!

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Old Base Museum Campus

Nearly 200 years after opening, the Plattsburgh Barracks, which became the longest military operating facility in the U.S. completed its mission and closed.  What began as 200 acres of military-operated land in 1814 evolved to nearly 5,000 acres of undeveloped property full of rich history.  Today three museums and two breweries operate within 500 feet of each other on the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base, each of them doing their part to bring our history back to life!


Clinton County Historical Museum:

Open year round and located on the Old Base Museum Campus, the museum houses over 30,000 artifacts and documents and an extensive celluloid and glass plate negative collection. Gallery themes include Early Industry, Redford Glass, Arts & Leisure, Suffrage, Early Rifles & Revolvers, Lake Champlain’s Military History, featuring the Aiken rifle and a diorama by world renowned artist, Arto Monaco, depicting the Battles of Valcour and Plattsburgh. Researchers have access to the extensive research files and library of local history. The Gift Shop offers the largest selection of County history and literature in the area. The Association is steward of the Valcour Island Bluff Point Lighthouse open Sundays from 1pm to 3 pm in July and August and by appointment.

Plattsburgh Air Force Base Museum:

The Plattsburgh Air Force Base Museum is operated by the Battle of Plattsburgh Association and located on the Old Base Museum Campus. The museum focuses on the forty years of U.S. Air Force history in Plattsburgh and the North Country.

War of 1812 Museum:

Located on the Old Base Museum Campus, this museum allows you to explore the causes and effects of the War of 1812 and the Battles at Plattsburgh in 1814, the site of the largest invasion in U.S. history.

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Valcour Brewing Company:

Based in Plattsburgh's historic Old Stone Barracks, Valcour Brewing Company offers craft brews, locally-sourced fare and rooms to stay overnight!

Oval Craft Brewing:

Enjoy delicious craft beers made with local ingredients in a historic building that was once used by the Army to house horse drawn fire carts.

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Olympic Regional Development Authority

The New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) was originally created by the State of New York to manage the facilities used during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games at Lake Placid. Today, ORDA operates Whiteface Mountain ski area, Gore Mountain, Belleayre Mountain, as well as the Olympic Center, the Olympic Jumping Complex and the Olympic Sports Complex.

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Plattsburgh Air Force Base Museum

The Plattsburgh Air Force Base Museum is a newly-formed museum which is operated by the Battle of Plattsburgh Association and is convenientally located on Old Base Museum Campus. The museum focuses on the forty years of U.S. Air Force presence in Plattsburgh.

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Samuel de Champlain History Center

Discover the Adirondack Coast’s celebrated ties to Quebec, France and Samuel de Champlain’s exploration of our region at the Samuel de Champlain History Center. Featuring a large depository for local maps, pictures, books and artifacts on Samuel de Champlain and the Franco-American population in northern New York and New England.

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Saranac Laboratory Museum

Owned and operated by Historic Saranac Lake, the Saranac Laboratory Museum highlights Saranac Lake's unique history as a tuberculosis treatment destination. The Museum features exhibits on local history, science, and patient care, as well as rotating special exhibits on local history topics. The Museum gift shop also offers books on a wide variety of local history topics and souvenirs.

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The Alice T. Miner Museum

Touring the three floors and period rooms of the Alice T. Miner Museum is like taking a trip back in time.  Much of the museum remains just as Alice left it representing not only her personal taste and the hints of Chicago influence from many of her friends, but the Colonial Revival Movement. The Museum has three floors and fifteen rooms. The Kitchen - with fireplace & oven, baby cradle, whale oil lamps and 17th century table - tells how family life once centered on the hearth. You will find letters written by US Presidents, samplers, silhouettes, furniture, dolls and china from the 17th - 19th centuries - collected by Alice T. Miner.

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The Wild Center

The Wild Center is committed to a future where people and the natural world thrive together. Discover the story of the Adirondacks, and explore new ways that people and nature can thrive in the same place. The Center, dedicated to understanding this rare place, is committed to helping people explore not a small collection, but one that lives and breathes across the entire expanse of the Adirondacks. The Wild Center is science-based, and its experiences, exhibits and programs are designed to open new ways to look into our relationship with nature. The Wild Center’s collection as a trove spread over all six million acres of the Adirondacks.

Check out the Waterside Cafe on the Adirondack Lakes Cuisine Trail!

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War of 1812 Museum

The Battle of Plattsburgh Association is dedicated to developing and operating the Battle of Plattsburgh Interpretive Center and War of 1812 Museum located on Old Base Museum Campus. In this effort they will collect, preserve and maintain appropriate artifacts and undertake a national education effort to publicize the significance of the Battle of Plattsburgh in the War of 1812 and our nation’s history.

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Wilder Homestead

The mission of the Almanzo & Laura Ingalls Wilder Association is to educate visitors about rural life in Northern New York from 1840-1875 through the preservation and restoration of the Wilder Homestead, the Boyhood home of Almanzo Wilder, and inspiration for the book "Farmer Boy" by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Step back in time, take a tour and keep an eye out for special events throughout the season including but not limited to, children's events, a cultural festival and a harvest festival!

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Adirondack Architectural Heritage

(518) 834-9328

Dannemora Village Museum

(518) 492-7569

Rouses Point History and Welcome Center

(518) 297-6776
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PO Box 310 |  7061 Route 9 | Plattsburgh, NY 12901 USA