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Museum Hours and Visitor Info:

Summer Hours Wednesday through Sunday,
11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

  • Admission fee : $10 for Adults, $9 for seniors, military and students, Free for children 12 and under. 

  • 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.

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Museum Exhibits


Learn more about Lake Tahoe's Natural History with our "touch and feel" Bear exhibit. Featuring an interactive video and the opportunity to touch real bear hide. Learn about Tahoe bears during the Ice Age and how they evolved to become Grizzly Bears to today's Black Bears


An interactive exhibit staring Lake Tahoe! Featuring an original 1920's movie projector from the Tahoe Tavern Resort, original set and costume design images from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, private notes from locals who were on set, newspaper articles about local extras and- the highlight of the exhibit- a short film created by Patrick Yun.

On the Lake
Maritime Exhibit


Come explore Lake Tahoe's rich

maritime history with this permanent exhibit new to the Gatekeeper's Museum. From the Washoe people (the lake's first stewards) to lumbering, schooners, steamers motor boats and regattas, this exhibit has a plethora of information and artifacts to learn about being "On the Lake." Artifacts from the SS Tahoe, Marian B., Captain Ernest Pomin and a 1930's original outboard motor highlight the exhibit. 

Lake Tahoe In the Movies

Natural History

Marion Steinbach Native American Basket Museum

Basket Gallery

The Native American basket collection consists of more than 700 baskets from the native peoples of Western North America. Approximately 270 baskets and Native American artifacts are on permanent display in the Basket Gallery of the Museum. The collection on display consists of utilitarian baskets made for fishing and hunting, food gathering and preparation, ceremonial and storage purposes. Most of the baskets in the collection were made between 1890-1940.



The majority of the baskets on display and in our archives 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. Thanks to the generosity of our members and our community, the Marion Steinbach Native American Basket Museum opened in 1995. 

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Watson Cabin

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

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