Tours & Attractions

Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum

Old Photo of Cave Rock Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum
The road around Cave Rock | Photo: Lake Tahoe Historical Society

Lake Tahoe History Museum offers intriguing displays from old Tahoe on skiing, Pony Express, ranching, Indian basketry, the days of the resorts (Lucky Baldwin’s, Globin’s, etc.). For a small fee reprinting of historic photos is available. Also, unique books, videos, and gift items are for sale in the gift shop. All purchases contribute to the ongoing maintenance and acquisition of exhibits. Entrance to the museum is FREE, and donations are accepted. For groups and special tours call (530) 541-5458. Give them a call if they have someone available they will open for you.


September to mid-December: We are open Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
(We will be closed Saturday after Thanksgiving).

January to May, We will be closed for winter to allow volunteer staff to continue their work on the archives and displays.

May, we are open Saturdays from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

June through August we are open Thursdays, Fridays Saturdays from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The 1930s Log Cabin is open on Saturdays, June through August, from noon to 2:00 pm.

Private tours of the museum and cabin during closed months or purchases in the bookstore are welcomed, provided we have a volunteer available. To arrange a private tour, call 530-541-5458 and leave your name and number or email

We will do our very best to accommodate you. Our volunteers love to share this community treasure!

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About Lake Tahoe Historical Society
In 1968, a group of volunteers gathered artifacts and established a small museum in the city of South Lake Tahoe. Featuring Washoe artifacts, the Pony Express, early industry, a farm exhibit, the role of steamships, the Lincoln Highway. We have an extensive array of photographs from Tahoe’s history available for purchase, along with a great bookstore, postcards, cards and gifts. Our movie theater continuously shows movies from Tahoe’s past. The Log Cabin is open during the summer, and the adjacent Osgood Toll house is the oldest commercial building on the South Shore. Take our walking history tour, let the kids take a history scavenger hunt….you could spend a day enjoying Lake Tahoe History!

Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum

3058 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

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