Lake Tahoe History & Museums: Watson Cabin Museum at Lake Tahoe California

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Watson Cabin Museum

Watson Cabin Museum provides entry into Lake Tahoe's early history with historical memorabilia on exhibit and charming souvenirs for purchase.

  • Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, Thurs-Mon, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours available.
  • 560 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, CA 96145
  • Located near the rock staircase that leads to Commons Beach Park.
  • Museum and Store offer Lake Tahoe historical ephemera to view and vintage-style souvenirs to buy.
  • Call (530) 583-1762 for more information.


Watson Cabin Museum functions as a museum store for North Lake Tahoe Historical Society, which purchased the historic building in 1979, and serves as home to a collection of Lake Tahoe historical memorabilia, such as newspapers, maps, photos and other one-of-a-kind ephemera. 

Listed on National Register of Historic Places, the small log cabin sits on its original site near the shore of south Lake Tahoe. Built in 1909, this cabin demonstrates the lasting labor of Robert M. Watson, a prominent civic leader, and his son. Though appearing rather humble to the eyes of 21st century visitors, the home was a state of the art design in its time, featuring indoor plumbing, one of the first to do so in the area.

Decorated in turn of the century style, a visit to the cabin offers an opportunity to learn about Lake Tahoe's history and to purchase gifts and souvenirs that will remind you of the rustic charm of Tahoe City.


Located on North Lake Blvd. (Hwy. 28) in downtown Tahoe City, CA, just east of Hwy. 89 intersection, Watson Cabin Museum is convenient to downtown shopping and dining, as well as Lake Tahoe's Commons Beach Park (see below).


Open during the summer season from late May (generally, Memorial Day) to Labor Day in September.

Thursday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Call (530) 583-1762 for more information.


  • Daily tours available by a docent from North Lake Tahoe Historical Society.
  • Suggested donation: $3 (seniors, $2)

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Lake Tahoe's Commons Beach Park, located just yards away from Watson Cabin Museum, provides a place for visitors and locals alike to enjoy the lake shore.

The park has a large grass lawn perfect for summer picnics and barbecues. Also, the park has a playground and climbing wall to keep the kids entertained for hours!  Be mindful that dogs are not allowed and on-site parking is limited.

From late June through early September, the park is host to a concert series, featuring regional musical acts.