Arts & Culture

Naturally inspired

The vast Adirondack landscape of Hamilton County inspires a range of creative enterprises. Home to arts centers, antique shows, art galleries and shops, tours, and a world-class museum, you'll find everything from fine art and sculpture to Adirondack-style furnishings and crafts made by talented local artisans. 

While The Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake is closed for the winter season, it is a must-see destination that offers exceptional cultural programming and holds an expansive collection of Adirondack art. Many of the museum's exhibits are interactive, providing an engaging view of the history of the Adirondacks, including indigenous peoples, mining operations, Great Camps and lots more. Keep the museum in mind for when they reopen for the season!

Great Camp Sagamore is also closed for the winter season. It's authentic buildings, dating from 1897, are designated as a National Historic Landmark from America’s Gilded Age. Sign up for a tour or stay as an overnight guest in this extraordinary Great Camp on Sagamore Lake that was owned by the Alfred Vanderbilt family from 1901-1954. 

Scenic Blue Mountain Lake is home to the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, which offers an array of events, workshops, and theater. Watch Shakespeare, re-imagined and performed outdoors, take a workshop on filmmaking or oil painting, explore the gallery, and even take home a one of a kind treasure. Exhibits here have ranged from exquisitely made quilts to oil paintings to pottery.

Keep an eye on the events page for live music and gatherings of talented artists from around the area, like the Rustic Furniture Street Fair in Blue Mountain Lake, Music on the Point in Speculator, the Adirondack Mountains Antiques Show in Indian Lake and Blue Mountain Lake, and Arts in the Park in Inlet.

You'll also want to be sure to visit the renowned sculpture garden of artist John Van Alstine in Wells, the Judy Nelson Art Gallery in Inlet, and the pottery studio of Greg Rudd.

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715 State Route 8
Hoffmeister, NY 13353
Visit this 1835 year old Church complete with historical information. The Methodist Episcopal Church now houses a local history museum with many old photographs of people and the locale, family histories and memorabilia. Special annual exhibits.

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Inlet, NY 13360
We are a public library that's open to all residents. We have books, movies, and books on CD available to borrow. We also have a used book sale for anyone who is interested.

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149 Route 28
Inlet, NY 13360
Open from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, mid-June through mid-September.

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Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812
New Season, New Experiences The newly renamed Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake is open for its 60th season, offering the most immersive and diverse visitor experience in its six decades.

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45 Museum Drive
Tupper Lake, NY 12986
Three years running, The Wild Center was named the People’s Choice top attraction in the Adirondacks by the readers of Adirondack Life. The Wild Center has also been named named "#2 science museum in the country" by readers of USA Today.
View of The Wild Center sitting across a shimmering body of water

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Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812
The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts’ (Arts Center) mission is to promote, develop, cultivate, present, and foster quality arts, which inspire enrich, educate, and entertain people of all ages.

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Sagamore Road
Raquette Lake, NY 13436
Welcome to Great Camp Sagamore in the Adirondacks at Raquette Lake, NY. Our 27 authentic National Historic Landmark designated buildings were the wilderness estate of the Vanderbilt family from 1901-1954.

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2885 Route 8 Box 103
Speculator, NY 12164
Speculator Lake Pleasant Historical Society Inc. Website Museum Hours:

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6355 State Route 30
Indian Lake, NY 12842
History of Indian Lake & people who lived here.
Speculator, NY 12164
Off South Shore Road in Lake Pleasant, a trail leads to an old cemetery containing the grave of Colonel Loring Peck, Hamilton County's only Revolutionary War officer.
Long Lake Camp Inc.

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83 Long Lake Camp Way
Long Lake, NY 12847
Indian Lake Theater

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13 West Main Street
Indian Lake, NY 12842
Fulton Chain of Lakes Performing Arts Council

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PO Box 680
Inlet, NY 13360
Greg Rudd Pottery Studio

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5 Limekiln Road
Inlet, NY 13360
Adirondack - Sacandaga River Sculpture Park

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New York State Route 30 -South Main Street
Wells, NY 12190
Incapahco Art Song Studio

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8085 Newcomb Road
Long Lake, NY 12847
Judy Nelson Art Gallery

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2901 Rte 30
Speculator, NY 12164
Bethsbrush

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PO Box 613
Lake Pleasant, NY 12108