Lake Tahoe History & Museums: Lake Tahoe California Historical Society Museum

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Lake Tahoe Historical Museum

The Lake Tahoe Historical Museum offers the ultimate collection of memorabilia and artifacts of the Tahoe Basin history than you can find anywhere else. See the story, as expressed by the Historical Society, of the discoveries of the Old West, including the era of the Pony Express and the gold rush. Read More

  • Open Saturdays 11am - 3pm
  • Free Admission
  • 3058 Lake Tahoe Blvd in South Lake Tahoe

In South Lake Tahoe, you can stop in and see the Lake Tahoe Historical Museum for the saga of this fabulous Basin area. Preserved and operated by the Historical Society, it chronicles the development of this region from the time of the American Indians forward to the present.

You can view incredible relics from the past such as handiworks from the Navajo, Hopi and Apache Indians, a 140-year-old pipe organ, and maps. There are a number of films from 1915 to 1930 that can be seen as well as a showcase of Washoe Indian baskets and tomahawk heads. The list goes on and on.

Tour a tollhouse built in 1859 and a log cabin constructed in 1933. Take a wonderful trip through the bygone days by seeing the photo library and get the true concept of living through the legends of the wagon trains moving westward, the logging era and the rush for gold and silver wealth in the hills.

You can see this wonderful collection of history on Tuesdays through Saturdays from Memorial Day to Labor Day or Saturdays during the entire year if weather permits. Normal admission is Free.