Magazine article Sea Classics

Tahoe Hertiage Marine Museum

Magazine article Sea Classics

Tahoe Hertiage Marine Museum

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When many of us think or Lake Tahoe, a body of water shared by California and Nevada, we have visions of a year-round resort. The lake is about 22-mi long and 12-mi wide. More than a mile high are the mountains that attract skiing enthusiasts.

It was in 1987 that five visionaries led to the incorporation of the Tahoe Hertiage Marine Museum. The non-profit organization has been dedicated to the preserving and sharing of Lake Tahoe's remarkable maritime history.

It was a "Museum without Walls" until 1998 when it occupied a small shed at Sugar Pine Point State Park. With significant assistance from the California State Parks Department, it soon after established itself in a 10-ft x 18-ft home. A year later, a site was purchased in Homewood, California, and the Museum began operating out of the former Homeside Motel. In 2006, the motel was demolished. Construction began on a new facility in 2007, and opened to the public over the Memorial Day weekend in 2008.

The Tahoe Maritime Muaeum now enters an exciting era with an amazing new facility designed by Truckee, California-based Kromydas Architects. Modeled after an old Tahoe wooden boathouse, the Museum offers visitors a spectacular, sun-lit setting in which to connect to Tahoe's past.

The Museum is committed to providing a family-friendly environment. The new Museum features an area dedicated to youths where they can learn about boats, design their own model rafts, and tie knots. Adults enjoy magnificent exhibits that explore the people, stories, places, and vessels of Tahoe from yesteryear to the present in addition to guided tours. …

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