Where history comes to life.

Featured Exhibit


Ghost Ships focuses on boats that sank in Lake Tahoe and around the US. It features boats ranging from a salvaged Washoe canoe to the internationally famous race boat Teaser. Using oral histories, underwater footage, and additional artifacts, Ghost Ships covers a broad spectrum of Lake Tahoe’s history and culture, while posing important questions about the future of those artifacts. The main pointTMM Collection, Donated by Bob Richards, 2014.s of the exhibit are:

Histories surrounding select boats that sank either in Lake Tahoe or in other US waters
Social and legal issues pertaining to salvaging vessels
Public interaction with underwater historic sites

Display Highlights:

Teaser – 40’ 1924 Nevins Sweep-Stakes Runabout
Sunken Treasure – 14’ 1949 Baycraft Runabout
Shanghai – 25’ 1890s Steam Launch
16’ Early 1900s Pomin Rowboat
Washoe Canoe

Sunken Treasures    

The Tahoe Maritime Museum (TMM) is proud to partner with Placer Arts and NCArts to host the juried art exhibit, Sunken Treasures. The goal of the exhibit is to showcase works that explores the unseen world at the bottom of Lake Tahoe. The art exhibit coincides with TMM’s history exhibit, Ghost Ships and runs until April 19, 2015.

Online Exhibits

Alan Furth: A Man & His Boats

Alan Furth began collecting and restoring boats while the hobby was still in its infancy. He became very influential in shaping the craft by helping to save many unique and historic vessels, and bring attention to the artistry behind boat restoration and preservation. Using four boats from TMM’s own collection, this online exhibit helps the public learn how this boy from a Northern California orchard came to be such a force in the boating world and Lake Tahoe’s maritime history.

Visit to explore Alan Furth: A Man & His Boats

Permanent Displays

The Jevarian Outboard Motor Collection

Discover the various types and the mechanics behind outboard motors through viewing this piece of the museum’s outboard motor collection.


In 2000, the Alstom Shilling Robotics Company from Davis, California stumbled across the submerged vessel that we know today as Shanghai. Over the course of the next few years scientists worked to raise her and then place her in a state of arrested decay. Learn about Shanghai’s early life and recovery through the text and photo display surrounding one of Tahoe’s oldest residents.

Truckee Annex

AnnexFilled with rare boats too large for the Homewood site, a visit to the Truckee Annex is a must for hard core boat lovers. This portion of the museum is available for viewing during scheduled open houses but groups may also enjoy this display by calling ahead of time for an appointment: 530-525-9253


Tahoe Maritime Museum’s collections features a wide array of important vessels, engines, and documents that each speaks to an important piece of Lake Tahoe’s culture and development. Through exploring our interpretive displays and rich archives, guests and researchers alike will gain a better understanding of this important part of Tahoe’s past and present. To read more about a few selected pieces from our collection click here.

Collections Highlights

Shanghai, an 1890s steam launch salvaged from the bottom of the Lake

Early Tahoe Yacht Club Records

Jevarian Outboard Motor Collection

Tahoe Miss Photographs and Ephemeral Materials



Tahoe Maritime Museum’s boat collection rivals many maritime museums in the nation. Currently there are over 30 vessels ranging from a salvaged 1890s steam launch to luxurious 1960s powerboats. Many of the boats are lake-worthy and see service on Lake Tahoe’s crystal blue waters during the summer. The combination of work, race, and leisure boats in the museum’s collection help us tell the story of Lake Tahoe’s and the nation’s maritime history.

Engines and Motors

Gathered through large donations and reconstructed through small finds here are there, the museum boasts a diverse collection of outboard and inboard engines.

Library and Archives

The Museum’s archives are full of helpful and hard to find books and magazines about Tahoe’s maritime history and the development of the boating culture and industry. Please contact Christine at to make an appointment to view our Library and Archives.

2015 – 2016 Boat Racing Exhibit

TMM’s 2015-6 exhibit will focus on boat racing. Contact Christine Shook at for more information, or to share photos, artifacts, or stories that can help the Museum tell this story.  Check back again soon for updates.

May 2013 – April 2014

Whether purchasing a ticket to the latest Shirley Temple movie or a seat on a motor boat, many Americans sought to survive the Great Depression through the culture of escapism. By attempting to leave behind the harsh conditions of their regular life, these people became customers that provided the stimulus necessary for many recreational areas and industries to fight their way through this challenging decade. Despite this aid, not every company with a strong footing at the beginning of the Great Depression would live to see its conclusion.

In Tahoe Escape: Surviving the Great Depression, Tahoe Maritime Museum examines the many interests, social forces, and developments of the Great Depression and the culture of escapism through the maritime vessels influenced by those forces.

Oral Histories from longtime Tahoe locals interviewed for this exhibit further enhance the display. Click here to listen to one of the recording featured in the exhibit. In this clip, Washoe Tribal Member Steven James talks about one the jobs he took on to help his family and community survive the hard times of the 1930s.

Exhibit Highlights:

White Smoke – 30’ 1930 Sea Lyon Runabout
Phantasy III – 21’ 1932 Chris-Craft Barrel Back Runabout
Miss Tessa – 16’ 1930 Dodge Runabout
16’ 1938 Old Town Canoe
On Loan from California State Parks:
Mercury – 35′ 1926 Duralumin Racing Craft

View the Interactive iPad Displays Here:

Mercury Tessa

May 2012-April 2013

At the beginning of the 1920s, Lake Tahoe residents were entering into a time of incredible change. The end of WWI and the beginning of prohibition brought out a spirit of rebellion and innovation in people and industries across the nation. The maritime world used this energy to bring about a new period in boating: the era of the speedboat. Meanwhile, Lake Tahoe residents faced uncertainty as they sought to make tourism their main industry. The beauty of the lake, easing transportation sources, luxurious accommodation, and invigorating activities combined to make Lake Tahoe a first class destination.

In Tahoe Twenties: A Story of Boats, Booze & Business, the Tahoe Maritime Museum examines the many interests, social forces, and developments of the 1920s through the lens of its maritime vessels.

Exhibit Highlights:

                 Miss Lakeside – 27’6″ 1925 Sea Sled

                 Marguerita – 24’ 1924 Fay & Bowen Junior Runabout

                 Florence M II – 26’ 1926 Stephens Brothers Runabout

                 Kerosene Kate – 1916 REO Speedwagon

Gar Wood’s Tahoe Legacy

May 2011-April 2012

Since the arrival of Lake Tahoe’s first Gar Wood in 1927, these boats have become part of the lake’s unique maritime history. The art deco features, powerful engines, and rich mahogany wood reflect the nation’s style and desire to enjoy their newly developed speed capabilities. Through displays of vintage advertisements, archival photographs, and three large motorboats, this exhibit tells the story of the development of Gar Wood’s company and its presence in Lake Tahoe.

Exhibit highlights:

3 Full size Gar Wood Motorboats

Archival Photographs

Tahoe Powerboat Club Racing Trophies



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 Collections Announcement

Tahoe Maritime Museum (TMM) is deaccessioning a Packard 4M2500 V12 engine with a cradle for storage and transportation purposes.  This engine was built in the early 1940’s, and is in need of restoration. Museums interested in this engine should contact Christine Shook at The TMM will make the engine available to private buyer if no museum steps forward by November 15th. Private parties may contact Christine Shook beginning on November 16th.