Fort William Henry Museum
Museum and Restoration:
A restored 18th Century log fortress originally built in 1755 by Major-General William Johnson during the French and Indian War, Fort William Henry served as the northern defense for the British army against the French military forces advancing from Canada into the colonies along the Lake Champlain-Hudson River Valley. After being burned to the ground and covered with sand by the French General the Marquis de Montcalm 1757, the Fort remained untouched until restoration began in 1952. She now stands proudly on her promontory overlooking Lake George. Tour the grounds and restored buildings. Experience the exciting re-enactment of musket and cannon firings, a grenadier bomb toss, and a musket ball molding demonstration. View artifacts from the French and Indian War recovered through archaeological excavations conducted at the fort over the past 60 years. History Done Fun!
- Kids join the King’s Army! Receive your enlistment papers and day’s pay.
- Excavate souvenirs in our Children’s Archaeological Dig.
- Test your skills with a bow and arrow on our six foot tall Archery target.
The Spirits of History Ghost Tours:
“With over 300 years of history, there are bound to be ghost stories!” Visit sites that inspired the stories of the woman in white, the little girl left behind at the Trolley Station and more! Candlelit tours. Rain or Shine.
Summer Season: Two ghost tours are offered on Weekends (Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day), and Nightly (July 4th to Labor Day). “Family-Friendly” Tours – visits sites around Lake George & tells all the great stories (7PM). “Adults Only” Tours – takes place only within the fort & focuses more on paranormal investigations that have taken place at the fort, as well as an overview of investigation methods (9PM).
Fall Season: Enjoy ghost tours every Friday at Saturday evening at 7:30PM (September & October).
“The largest gift shop in the Lake George area!” Located inside the Museum, the Sutler Shop features unique gifts and memorabilia including Fort William Henry and Lake George souvenirs, books, clothing, toys, and quality replica muskets and cannons. Fort Admission is not required to shop.
The Fort William Henry Museum is conveniently located on Canada Street (Route 9) at the southern end of Lake George Village on the grounds of the Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center, and is open daily May thru the end of October at 9AM. Ample parking is available near Fort.