Mount Washington museum to get major overhaul

May 23, 2013, 11:09 am

By HOLLY RAMER

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The Mount Washington Observatory museum is planning a major overhaul designed to give summer visitors a feel for the extreme winter weather atop the Northeast's highest peak.

The 40-year-old education center attracts more than 100,000 visitors a year, making it the state's most visited museum. The new project, unveiled Thursday, calls for entirely replacing the existing museum with modern, hands-on exhibits that will educate the public about what it takes to research the world's worst weather.

Starting next spring, children will be able to climb on a snowcat vehicle and use its controls to "drive" up the mountain via a video simulation. Another exhibit will feature the instruments used to record the famous 231 mph wind gust of 1934.

The observatory has raised $719,000 toward the project's $825,000 total cost.

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