It’s all about water.

The Bolton Historical Museum is focused on water for its 2024 Season, and on Lake George and the Lake George Basin in particular.

For the first time ever, the Museum is partnering with six organizations devoted to the health and well-being of Lake George and its environment.

Darrin Freshwater Institute’s Jefferson Project, along with the Lake George Land Conservancy, the Lake George Association, the Lake George Park Commission, the Lake George Mirror, and the Lake George Steamboat Company are each telling their stories, their special connections to Lake George in freestanding exhibits in the museum’s accommodating East Gallery. We will also feature an exhibit on frozen water, the glacier that was Lake George’ ancient beginnings.

Items exhibited include original maps and artifacts from the late 1800s and early 1900s, early travel brochures and newspapers, including the first book, the first scientific study of Lake George, and the first scientific specimen collected from the Lake. Youth programs and adventures are featured.

And there’s more. The North Transept Gallery will focus on Bolton Landing’s gilded age with photographs and period attire in an exhibition we’re calling A Whirl of Pleasure, quoting W. H. Tippetts, the ebullient 2nd editor of the Lake George Mirror.

And still more: A Progressive Mural. Our annual summer youth program is open to girls and boys ages 8-15 to create a mural expressing their thoughts and feelings about what inspires them. With artist/teacher guidance, enrollees will meet one day each week during school summer vacation, allowing their ideas and creations to develop and progress, and for our museum visitors to observe the mural’s progress during return visits. 


The museum is currently open Saturdays and Sundays from 10AM to 4PM. And, beginning July 4th, open hours are 10AM to 4PM Mondays through Sundays.

For additional information, please contact:

Glenn A. Long, PhD

Interim Executive Director

[email protected]

(518) 791-7572