Extreme Mount Washington Museum Opens after $1 Million Reboot

Jun 20, 2014 04:07 PM EDT | Jordan Ecarma


A Boston photographer who spent a month's worth of winter days on a mountain to capture extreme weather in photos and videos has his work showcased in the refurbished Extreme Mount Washington museum.

Marking the highest point in the Northeast, the mountain is 6,288 feet high and offers a view of six states as well as the Atlantic Ocean depending on the weather, the Associated Press reported.

Tom Guilmette, a director of photography who is based in Boston, recently took photos and video footage during 30 nonconsecutive days on Mount Washington. His work will be part of the newly remodeled Extreme Mount Washington museum, which has undergone a $1 million makeover to become a modern facility.

"There were times when I was setting up time-lapse cameras out on the summit thinking to myself, 'If there was no building for shelter for me to go inside and grab a hot cup of tea, that if I was out here for five minutes more, even the way I was dressed, that I would die,'" Guilmette described the experience to the AP.

Some 300,000 visitors come to the museum each summer to see the view and learn about the mountain's extreme weather conditions. The summit became the site of the fastest wind speed ever observed when a gust of wind going 231 miles per hour was documented in 1934.

Set at the intersection of three major storm tracks, Mount Washington can change on a dime from sunny blue skies to heavy fog and winds.

Due to rainy weather, last week's museum ribbon-cutting ceremony had to be held at the base of Mount Washington instead of the peak.

"It's pretty ironic that extreme weather messed with the opening of an extreme weather museum, but we roll with whatever Mount Washington dishes out," said Scot Henley, executive director of the Mount Washington Observatory, as quoted by the AP.

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