BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE — Adirondack Museum has been awarded a $1.4 million grant, through the Regional Economic Development Council and Empire State Development, for its new Exhibition Master Plan.
It was designated one of the priority projects of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council.
The museum’s Exhibition Master Plan, the first in its history, is a blueprint for updating and enhancing the exhibitions and programs that share the Adirondack story — past, present, and future — on the 32-acre campus.
“We’re honored and thrilled by the state of New York’s vision and faith in our new exhibit projects that will preserve and share the Adirondack story with thousands of new visitors,” Adirondack Museum Executive Director David M. Kahn said in a statement Wednesday.
“The exhibitions will bring tremendous economic, tourism and cultural benefits to the region. We deeply appreciate Governor (Andrew) Cuomo’s continued championing of the Adirondacks as one of the state’s premiere assets and the work of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council and its co-chairs, Tony Collins and Garry Douglas, in developing and implementing a long-term strategic plan for economic growth in our region.”
THEATER, INDIAN CAMP
The funds will be used to help create and build the first phase of several new learning experiences using the museum’s collections and galleries.
These include a multi-media theater providing an overview of the Adirondacks; a re-created Indian hunting camp, which visitors can enter and explore; and the museum’s first exhibition on the Adirondack Park itself, with a gigantic, walk-on, interactive map interpreting places and people inside the Blue Line.
In addition, the Master Plan calls for a variety of other activities that will invite visitors to descend into a mineshaft, break up a log jam and enjoy an Adirondack waters play area.
Outdoor experiences will include a mile-long hiking trail to Minnow Pond and a new boat livery with examples of historic Adirondack water vessels.
Additional features will include enhanced handicapped access to facilities, redesign of the museum’s Lake View Café and improvements to visitor orientation and way-finding throughout the site.
ConsultEcon, a national leader in economic forecasting, said the new Exhibition Master Plan will generate substantial economic activity that strengthens the North Country’s tourism industry; result in the retention of existing jobs, as well as the creation of new jobs; and position the museum to increase its role as a regional economic engine, attracting more visitors to the park’s recreational lands and trails, lodging facilities, restaurants, shops, attractions and other local businesses.
The first phase of the Exhibition Master Plan is expected to open in the 2017 season, with exhibition design and development activities taking place in 2014 and 2015 and exhibition fabrication and construction work occurring in 2016 and early 2017.
For more information, call 352-7311 or visit www.adirondackmuseum.org.