What to Expect
The Saranac Laboratory Museum is open year-round Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Admission is $5, children are free. Visitors typically spend 30 minutes to one hour exploring the museum. Exhibits are self-guided, however staff is always on hand to help guide visitors through the exhibits and answer any questions. While at the museum:
- Tour the main laboratory space to find out about Saranac Lake's unique history.
- View a variety of short films on local history.
- Visit the museum store.
Saranac Lake has both a celebrated backstory and a devoted group of fans. This makes our local history museum something decidedly different. Through its time as a health destination, Saranac Lake became home to people from all over the world, which added to the eclectic nature of its culture. Today Saranac Lake is a popular heritage tourism destination.
There are an array of fascinating historical sites, tours, and special events. Here is a just a taste!
There are more than 170 properties in Saranac Lake listed on the National Register of Historic Places. One such property is the Bartok Cabin, where the great composer Bella Bartok spent the last summer of his life. Located on Park Avenue in the Cottage Row Historic District, the cabin operated as private tuberculosis sanatoria in the 1900's. Bartok channeled the creative energy of Saranac Lake to write Concerto for Orchestra. Tours of the cabin are provided by appointment.
On the first Wednesday of the month join a guided tour of the Trudeau Sanatorium. The sanatorium was named after Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau; a phsician who moved to Saranac Lake after his own tuberculosis diagnosis. After the discovery of antibiotic treatment for tuberculosis, the Trudeau Sanatorium closed. The property is now owned by American Management Association and generally not open to the public, so a guided tour is your ticket to experience this place — full of Saranac Lake history.
Then on the last Wednesday of the month meet at the Hotel Saranac for a casual breakfast gathering to learn, and chat, about Saranac Lake history. Presenations include topics from Adirondack Ghost Hunting to the Knollwood Great Camp. Enjoy a delicious continential breakfast and rich conversation. Both will leave you satisfied!
Start planning your trip to historic Saranac Lake today. Find your ideal lodging and don't forget to play outside while you're here!