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Mount Washington plans to unveil new museum

The Mount Washington Observatory plans to show its renovated museum on the New Hampshire mountaintop in June.

Extreme Mount Washington will show visitors what winter is like at the mountain. Through hands-on, high-tech exhibits, the museum will present a sampling of the “World’s Worst Weather.”

Designed by Jeff Kennedy Associates of Somerville, Mass., the new museum will feature a user-controlled flat-panel display showing “clear day” views from the summit in all seasons; an interactive Snowcat simulator; and a re-creation of the 1930s observatory, including the anemometer used to record the famous 231 mph wind.

Exhibit components are being constructed this winter, and will be transported to the summit for installation as soon as the Mt. Washington Auto Road opens this spring.

“The new educational experience will share the science and excitement of this incredible place to guests of all ages in a modern, interactive format,” observatory Executive Director Scot Henley said. “It will be a showpiece for Mount Washington Observatory, Mt. Washington State Park, and the greater White Mountains region.”

Nearly $1 million has been raised for the project through more than 400 foundations, corporations, and individual Mount Washington Observatory members, donors and fans from across the country.

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