Museum Hours and Visitor Info:

We Are Open Wednesday through Sunday,
11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

We are following CDC Guidelines, and masks are not required for vaccinated visitors.

  • If you are not vaccinated, we request that you wear a mask, and we can supply you with a paper mask.

  • There are no group size limits inside our building, but we ask that you respect the personal space of others.

  • Hand sanitizer is available for visitors.

Thank you for your cooperation!

Gatekeeper's Museum Exhibits
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The 1960 Winter Olympics
and Sierra Ski History

Sixty years ago, the world came to Squaw Valley. Hundreds of Artifacts and Pictures tell the Story of our wonderful ski history from ancient times to the present.

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Pomin Dinghy

Boating has been a way of life at Tahoe for over a century. Our newest acquisition is a 1920s dinghy built by Ernie Pomin, a talented machinist sna boat builder. Of 53 similar models built by Ernie, only three remain. Our is newly restored.

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Black Bears

Black bears are a fact of life at the Lake. They can range from white (rare) to blue-black to brown. They can be six feet long and grown to 600 pounds. Come learn more about this special species!

Marion Steinbach Basket Museum

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Indian Basket Exhibit

 The Indian basket collection of the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society consists of more than 700 baskets from the native peoples of western North America.  Some 270 are on permanent display in the Marion Steinbach Indian Basket Museum in Tahoe City.

The collection  includes utilitarian baskets made for fishing and hunting, food gathering and preparation, storage and other purposes, as well as many fine baskets made for ceremonies, gifts, and for sale to collectors.

Most of these baskets were made between 1890 and 1940.

Baskets from Western North America

The exhibit begins with baskets from Arizona and New Mexico and then moves north to Southern, Central, and Northern California and on to Oregon and Washington and baskets from British Columbia and Alaska. In addition, there are displays of beaded and miniature baskets,  women’s hats and a 900-year-old basketry hat from a Nevada cave. Finally, there are three panels illustrating the principal materials used to make baskets by native peoples of North America, their principal basket making techniques, and the principal types and uses of baskets that they made and, in some areas, continue to make.

Marion Steinbach

The majority of the baskets we exhibit were originally collected by Marion Steinbach, for whom the museum is named. After her death, the collection was donated to the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society on condition that we provide a facility for their display. Thank to the generosity of our membership and others in the community, this was accomplished in 1995..


Watson Cabin


The cabin is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the oldest log structure remaining in the North Lake Tahoe area. The two story cabin was built in 1908 by Robert Montgomery Watson, Tahoe City's first constable, and his youngest son, Robert Howard Watson.


They constructed it using local resources including hand-hewn logs chinked with cement, native stone for the fireplace and foundation, and deer horns decorating the exterior. 


Thanks to many wonderful volunteer docents, the Watson Cabin Living Museum is free and open to the public during the busier summer months.