History comes alive at the Tahoe Maritime Museum on Lake Tahoe's west shore. The Tahoe Maritime Museum educates both the young and the young at heart about Tahoe's rich maritime history through interactive exhibits and displays, hands-on activities, crafts and a boat simulator. Visitors have the opportunity to travel through the early 1900s at Lake Tahoe by viewing vessels from the 1920s up to the 1950s.
The Tahoe Maritime Museum boat collection rivals many maritime museums in the nation. Currently there are over 30 vessels ranging from a salvaged 1890s steam launch to luxurious 1960s powerboats. Many of the boats are lake-worthy and see service on Lake Tahoe’s crystal blue waters during the summer. The combination of work, race, and leisure boats in the museum’s collection help us tell the story of Lake Tahoe’s and the nation’s maritime history.
Featured displays include:
Gar Wood’s Tahoe Legacy
Since the arrival of Lake Tahoe’s first Gar Wood in 1927, these boats have become part of the lake’s unique maritime history. The art deco features, powerful engines, and rich mahogany wood reflect the nation’s style and desire to enjoy their newly developed speed capabilities. Through displays of vintage advertisements, archival photographs, and three large motorboats, this exhibit tells the story of the development of Gar Wood’s company and its presence in Lake Tahoe.
Jevarian Outboard Motor Collection
Discover the various types and the mechanics behind outboard motors through viewing this piece of the museum’s outboard motor collection. Accompanied by an informational video, this display will help guests grapple with the magnitude of the outboard industry.
In 2000, the Alstom Shilling Robotics Company from Davis, California stumbled across the submerged vessel that we known today as Shanghai. Over the course of the next few years scientists worked to raise her and then place her in a state of arrested decay. Learn about Shanghai’s early life and recovery through the text and photo display surrounding one of Tahoe’s oldest residents.
The Tahoe Maritime Museum is located next to Homewood Ski Resort on the beautiful west shore where nautical history is still alive. The museum also hosts several community events throughout the year to cultivate an appreciation of local culture and maritime history.