The Museum

Tahoe Maritime Museum

28 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.


Our Mission

To stimulate an interest in, increase knowledge of, and maintain watercraft and marine artifacts significant in Lake Tahoe’s maritime history through the highest standards of historic preservation, innovative interpretation and public education.


Museum Operations

Tahoe Maritime Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. The Museum operates two facilities, a public Museum in Homewood, California, and a Storage Facility in Reno, Nevada.

Tahoe Maritime Museum is a member of the American Association of Museums, the Antique & Classic Boat Society Northern California/Lake Tahoe Chapter, the American Association for State and Local History, the California Association of Museums, and the Antique Outboard Motor Club