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Explore the rich history of Lake Tahoe at the Gatekeeper's Museum, located in the heart of Tahoe City, adjacent to the Lake Tahoe dam.
Experience one of the largest Native American Basket collections in the United States and learn about Lake Tahoe's maritime & resort history, pop culture and art in an eclectic array of unique exhibits.  

What's New

Check out our new list of Historical Resources
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Check out our feature segment from Fox 40 Sacramento's "Destination California"
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We have new items in the Giftshop!
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Join us in our campaign to revitalize the Watson Cabin!
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What's Happening

  • Basket Weaving Class SOLD OUT
    Basket Weaving Class SOLD OUT
    Fri, May 31
    May 31, 2024, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Tahoe City, 130 W Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA 96145, USA
    May 31, 2024, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Tahoe City, 130 W Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA 96145, USA
    Lear to make pine needle baskets!
  • A Changing Landscape:  Photographer Carleton Watkins’ Portrayal of the West from 1850 to 1875
    A Changing Landscape:  Photographer Carleton Watkins’ Portrayal of the West from 1850 to 1875
    Tue, Jul 30
    Jul 30, 2024, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Tahoe City, 130 W Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA 96145, USA
    Jul 30, 2024, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Tahoe City, 130 W Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA 96145, USA
    Western landscape photographer Carleton Watkins is known for his large-format, scenic portrayals of Yosemite, the Sierra Nevada, and the Oregon Coast. In this analysis of ten selected photographs from Stanford University’s Special Collections archive Alice Wilson considers Watkins’ visual expression
  • 2024 Open House
    2024 Open House
    Sat, Aug 03
    Aug 03, 2024, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Tahoe City, 130 W Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA 96145, USA
    Aug 03, 2024, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Tahoe City, 130 W Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA 96145, USA
    Join us for our Annual Open House event with FREE admission in celebration of Tahoe City Days!
  •  Concours d’Elegance Boat Show
     Concours d’Elegance Boat Show
    Fri, Aug 09
    Aug 09, 2024, 10:00 AM – Aug 10, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Tahoe City, 130 W Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA 96145, USA
    Aug 09, 2024, 10:00 AM – Aug 10, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Tahoe City, 130 W Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA 96145, USA
  • Makers Camp at the Museum
    Makers Camp at the Museum
    Mon, Aug 19
    Aug 19, 2024, 9:00 AM – Aug 23, 2024, 12:30 PM
    Tahoe City, 130 W Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA 96145, USA
    Aug 19, 2024, 9:00 AM – Aug 23, 2024, 12:30 PM
    Tahoe City, 130 W Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA 96145, USA
    Join us for our very first maker’s camp at the Gatekeeper's Museum! Hosted by the museum director and local educators, this camp offers youth ages 9-11 yrs. old the opportunity to make a variety of unique art projects while learning about art history, native American culture and the environment.
  • Gourd Making Class
    Gourd Making Class
    Fri, Aug 23
    Aug 23, 2024, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Tahoe City, 130 W Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA 96145, USA
    Aug 23, 2024, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Tahoe City, 130 W Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA 96145, USA
    Learn to make decorative gourds! Taught by Karey Dodge, our local basket weaving instructor.
  •  Live History Performance
     Live History Performance
    Fri, Sep 20
    Sep 20, 2024, 5:00 PM
    Tahoe City, 130 W Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA 96145, USA
    Sep 20, 2024, 5:00 PM
    Tahoe City, 130 W Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA 96145, USA
    Take a one-hour adventure through time!
  • Historical Talks
    Historical Talks
    2024 Schedule
    2024 Schedule
    Tahoe City, 130 W Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA 96145, USA
    2024 Schedule
    Tahoe City, 130 W Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA 96145, USA
    Join us in the summer months for historical talks pertaining to Tahoe history and culture.

Join Us

REVITALIZE THE WATSON CABIN

The Watson Cabin, built in 1908,  is listed on the National Register for Historic Places as the oldest log structure remaining in the North Lake Tahoe area. 

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