Our History

Tahoe Maritime Museum

27 years ago, five dedicated volunteers started Tahoe Maritime Museum with a vision of preserving and presenting Lake Tahoe’s rich maritime history. Since then, many have pitched in to donate boats, artifacts, memories, materials, funding and countless hours to keep the Museum going strong. It was in May of 2008, Tahoe Maritime Museum launched into an exciting new era, with the completion of a 5,800 square foot home in Homewood, California.

The exterior of our Museum is reminiscent of an old boathouse, well-suited to its Lake Tahoe surroundings, with a spacious open interior design that allows visitors to explore the boats in our unique exhibits from all angles. Our youngest visitors can engage in hands-on activities to better understand maritime history in their own dedicated children’s area and school groups will participate in programs designed to complement the learning that happens inside their classrooms. Most of all, the building allows Tahoe Maritime Museum to continue our tradition of providing a fun, family-friendly destination for the Lake Tahoe community and visitors to our beautiful region.

New Building Campaign

Tahoe Maritime Museum wrapped up a successful New Building Campaign in March 2010. We are profoundly thankful for the contributions made by over 300 families and individuals. These contributions will ensure the preservation of the past for future generations.

The Museum received generous donations from individuals and organizations, including the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association and the California Cultural and Historical Endowment.