Mount Washington Observatory - Weather Station and Museum
Summit of Mount Washington
Access via Auto Road in Gorham, Cog Railway in Bretton Woods, or by hiking trails.
Generally open mid-May through mid-October, whenever the summit is accessible by car, train, or foot.
Enhance your trip to the summit of Mount Washington with a visit to the Mount Washington Museum!
Exhibits explain Mount Washington's climate and weather, giving insight into the conditions that contribute to its severity. There are also exhibits on the geological history of the Presidential Range, interpreting the effects of the continental ice sheets that scoured the landscape several times over the last million years.
The mountain's unique alpine ecology is displayed in a diverse collection of preserved flora specimens, illustrating the variety of adaptations to the mountain's different habitats. Wildlife is also considered, alongside the effects of man--the most common animal observed on Mount Washington.
The mountain's fascinating human history is explored through archival photographs and artifactual material, showing the many hotels, inns, and other businesses that occupied the summit throughout the years.