The board of trustees of the Adirondack Museum has announced the launch of the public phase of its $9.4 million capital campaign “For Generations,” which is hoped to raise funds to update its exhibitions, expand opportunities for visitors to explore the museum’s natural surroundings, enhance universal access, and other improvements.
More than $7.5 million has been raised in donations and pledges to date.
The museum is planning to transform its largest indoor space, formerly the location of the “Roads and Rails: Everyday Life in the Age of Horses” exhibition, into “The Adirondack Experience,” an 18,000-square-foot journey through the history of the Adirondacks and the people who have lived, worked and played there, past and present.
The “Wilderness Stories Introductory Theater” will give an overview of the major themes visitors will encounter throughout five galleries:
“Call of the Wilderness” will include a private railroad station and Pullman car along with an audio soundscape featuring personal stories, while videos introduce Adirondackers from various periods, including Teddy Roosevelt, Clarence Petty, Frank Owen and Verplanck Colvin.
“A Peopled Wilderness” will mark the first time in the museum’s history that the story of indigenous people is explored in depth.
The highlight of “Roughing It: Living With Wilderness” will be the actual cabin of Anne LaBastille, the nationally known scientist, environmentalist, author and feminist.
Visitors will meet Adirondackers who work in the great outdoors, including miners and loggers, in “Adirondack Tough: Working in the Wilderness.”
The final gallery, “Our Adirondack Park,” will explore the park today, with a walk-on floor map that will allow visitors to identify the towns, lakes and mountains that are meaningful to them.
Accessibility improvements are planned, including the addition of an elevator, and improvements to the Lake View Café, including a broadening of the menu. In addition, a boathouse will be built on Minnow Pond, giving visitors the opportunity to try out guideboats, canoes, rowboats and skiffs.
For more information about the capital campaign, or to make a donation, visit the museum’s website or call (518) 352-7311.