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Address: 89 Church St, Saranac Lake, NY 12983-1832
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+1 518-891-4606
10:00 - 16:00
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Built in 1894, The Saranac Laboratory was the first lab built in the U.S....

Built in 1894, The Saranac Laboratory was the first lab built in the U.S. for the research of tuberculosis. Historic Saranac Lake painstakingly restored the building and opened it as a museum in 2009. The museum is open with exhibits on scientific research and patient care. Historic Saranac Lake is not-for-profit architectural preservation organization that captures and presents local history from our center at the Saranac Laboratory Museum.

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So interesting!

I didn't know much about Dr. Trudeau's work with tuberculosis before visiting this museum, and I found it quite fascinating.

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Florence, Alabama
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Florence, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I didn't know much about Dr. Trudeau's work with tuberculosis before visiting this museum, and I found it quite fascinating.

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Chessie M, Museum Administrator at Saranac Laboratory Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We're so glad you enjoyed the museum, and we hope you'll visit us again to check out our new rotating exhibits. More 

Palmyra, Maine
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Restored old Laboratory where Dr. Trudeau did his pioneering research, close to center of town. Well worth the time and the few bucks they charge for admittance.

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Goldsmith NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 December 2016

Besides the Adirondack Railroad, this is one of the best places to interact with Saranac Lake's rich history. Very informative, educational, and interesting. The low price is more than reasonable. Dr. Trudeau was a pioneer in the field of TB research and very influential in Saranac Lake becoming the "little city in the wilderness" as it was known for many... More 

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Malone, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2016

Very informative. They have short audio's to listen to and even a few short films. My usually impatient son (age 10) held interest for an hour. A must see.

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Clifton Park, New York
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4 reviews
Reviewed 5 September 2016

If, like me,you have driven past this museum dozens of times, stop and pay it a visit. I finally did wander in, and thoroughly enjoyed it. The museum building, which really had been the laboratory, is nicely laid out, with a mixture of old equipment and objects to look at, movies for those inclined, and personal stories. After visiting, take... More 

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Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

A good stop for those interested in medical history or Adirondack history. Tells the story of TB treatment in Saranac Lake. It's small so won't take a big chunk of your day, though you can extend the experience by watching multiple videos and listening to the audio tour stations throughout the main floor. 1-2 hours. Near to Adirondack carousel and... More 

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Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

This was a good stop. At $5 per person it was a good value. The "antique" medical equipment was exceptionally interesting. We were interested in how much some of the old instruments, that were viewed as quackery, resemble currently used medical techniques. We had some comparative experience having seen the "cottage style" form of therapy used with epilepsy in the... More 

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Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

This is a real find. Very well illustrated Very interesting. Spent an hour and a half. $5 to enter but educational.

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Camden NY
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Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

My husband and I stopped at the museum while driving through Saranac Lake. It is a very well organized museum - great artifacts, just the right amount of reading and audio spots. The woman on staff answered all of our questions and was very happy to talk with us. I learned so much about a little town I have been... More 

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Manlius, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2016

Fascinating museum which provides the context of Saranac Lake's role as a recovery center for those suffering from tuberculosis from late 1800's until 1950. Sounds dull? Far from it! Learn about Dr. Trudeau, Cure Cottages, the true origin of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival and so much more.

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