Legacy of The Lakes Museum

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The Legacy of The Lakes Museum celebrates our lake traditions and legacies, and is committed to their preservation for future generations. Discover classic boats, grand hotel and resort history, fishing memorabilia and much more as you stroll through our ever-changing exhibits The Legacy Gardens, on the Museum's campus, showcases beautiful landscaping, water features, walking paths, gazebos, and quiet alcoves. Join us on select Friday nights in the summer for our concert series, Music in the Gardens. More details on our website. Open mid-May through October.

Price Range: $

Another spring project is complete for 2019! The Pohlig Family Event Stage canopy is installed and ready for summer wedd...
05/18/2019

Another spring project is complete for 2019! The Pohlig Family Event Stage canopy is installed and ready for summer weddings and music events. A big thanks to Scott, Darin, and Ken for their help! πŸ’ͺ

Season 2019 starts in 4 days... who is coming to visit us this year? πŸ™‹β€β™€οΈπŸ™‹β€β™‚οΈ

Thanks to the Legacy Gardens crew members who helped "wake up" the gardens this week. It is so wonderful to FINALLY see ...
05/15/2019

Thanks to the Legacy Gardens crew members who helped "wake up" the gardens this week. It is so wonderful to FINALLY see green out there. We can't wait for the rainbow of colors to appear this summer! 🌿🌸

Business Member Spotlight:Just like a highway, in order to last, a company needs a solid foundation. Central Specialties...
05/15/2019

Business Member Spotlight:

Just like a highway, in order to last, a company needs a solid foundation. Central Specialties is a 3rd generation, award-winning family owned company built on the values of responsive customer service, on the job safety, and high quality products and services.
For over 40 years they have been dedicated to meeting the needs of customers and employees.

Thank you for your support of the museum!

Can you believe we open for the 2019 season next week?! We have been VERY busy getting the museum and grounds ready for ...
05/15/2019

Can you believe we open for the 2019 season next week?! We have been VERY busy getting the museum and grounds ready for the big day.

A huge THANK YOU goes out to the 20 volunteers who helped with our annual Spring Clean Up the other weekend. We could not do what we do without these dedicated folks!

Only 7 days!... 😊

Volunteers Rich and Larry have been busy getting the front gallery ready for this season's art installation, featuring a...
05/09/2019

Volunteers Rich and Larry have been busy getting the front gallery ready for this season's art installation, featuring artwork by Fergus Falls native, Charles Beck. Thanks for all your hard work, guys!

Check out the bottom photo for a sneak peek of just some of the photos that are part of this exhibit. In all, we will have over thirty of Beck's famous woodcuts on display.

Make sure to add a visit to the museum to your summer bucket list!

Thanks to everyone who came out to our first educational program of the year, Success with Seeds presented by Linda Kell...
05/08/2019

Thanks to everyone who came out to our first educational program of the year, Success with Seeds presented by Linda Kellerman 🌿🌻 Linda shared some great tips on how to get the most out of your seeds.

Looking for more educational events? We have a full calendar planned for the summer. You can find out more details here: https://legacyofthelakes.org/events/category/all-events/

Start your engines... 🏁🚦A special delivery was made to the museum this week. Dixie Baby, a 1920s race boat, arrive...
05/08/2019

Start your engines... 🏁🚦

A special delivery was made to the museum this week. Dixie Baby, a 1920s race boat, arrived all the way from the Antique Boat Museum in New York. She will be joined by other very rare race boats of the era for our new exhibit on the Golden Age of boat racing, opening later this month. You will not want to miss this limited-time engagement!

Special thanks to the folks at ABM for loaning us Dixie Baby for the season, as well as Dave Bortner of Freedom Boat Service for transporting this treasure across the country.

Business Member Spotlight:Alomere Health is a general medical and surgical hospital in Alexandria, MN, with 127 beds. It...
05/08/2019

Business Member Spotlight:

Alomere Health is a general medical and surgical hospital in Alexandria, MN, with 127 beds. It is accredited by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), has a Level III trauma center and has twice been named as one of the Top 100 Hospitals by Thompson Reuters. Their mission statement: Our passion and purpose is to strengthen and nurture the health and well-being of our family, friends, neighbors, and communities, through every season of life.

We appreciate your continued support of the museum!

A before and after of the large waterfall in the Legacy Gardens. We are up and running for the season thanks to voluntee...
05/06/2019

A before and after of the large waterfall in the Legacy Gardens. We are up and running for the season thanks to volunteers, Ken & DarinπŸ‘πŸŒŠ

Our graphic designer, Amy, is hard at work putting the finishing touches on our Spring 2019 newsletter set to hit mailbo...
05/03/2019

Our graphic designer, Amy, is hard at work putting the finishing touches on our Spring 2019 newsletter set to hit mailboxes later this month. Thanks to everyone who helped put this edition together!

Finally some color is showing up in the Legacy Gardens! What flowers do you have blooming in your gardens/flowerbeds alr...
05/02/2019

Finally some color is showing up in the Legacy Gardens! What flowers do you have blooming in your gardens/flowerbeds already? 🌷🌼

Business Member Spotlight:Alexandria Technical and Community College creates opportunity for individuals and businesses ...
05/01/2019

Business Member Spotlight:

Alexandria Technical and Community College creates opportunity for individuals and businesses through education and leadership. The college's high-quality technical and transfer programs and services meet their needs, interests and abilities and strengthen the economic and social, and cultural life of Minnesota's communities.

Thank you for your continued support of the museum!

One of our favorite trees in the Legacy Gardens is coming back to life after our long, tough winter 😊
04/29/2019

One of our favorite trees in the Legacy Gardens is coming back to life after our long, tough winter 😊

It is that time of year again! We hope the Alexandria students had a great Prom yesterday! We had a group stop by to tak...
04/28/2019

It is that time of year again! We hope the Alexandria students had a great Prom yesterday! We had a group stop by to take some photos in the Legacy Gardens πŸŒΈπŸ’ƒπŸ•ΊπŸŒΏ

8' Penn Yan Cartopper - The exuberance of the post-WWII market led maker, Penn Yan, to produce a line of boats designed ...
04/26/2019

8' Penn Yan Cartopper - The exuberance of the post-WWII market led maker, Penn Yan, to produce a line of boats designed to be transported on top of automobiles. This example was the smallest of the line, but the entire line was produced with approximately the same beam (width) making this a stable, relatively wide boat. #FeatureFriday

The Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors stopped by to see the BoatHouse recently. This group visits ne...
04/25/2019

The Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors stopped by to see the BoatHouse recently. This group visits new businesses as well as recognizes new owners, facilities, locations and remodels for existing businesses. Thanks for the visit! πŸ˜€

Museum staff pictured: Events Coordinator, Kasey, and Executive Director, Carol.

04/24/2019
Pitch Your Plan - Business Challenge

Less than two weeks away. Will you be there? #pitchyourplan

Will you be there when we announce the WINNER at the Legacy of The Lakes Museum??

Join us May 7 for the reveal | follow this link to grab your tickets >> livingalexarea.ticketleap.com/pypwinner/
Copper Trail Brewing Company
Smokin' Brews & 'Ques
Venn Hagen

#livingalexarea #pitchyourplan #alexmn #explorealex

We may be a little late on the news, BUT we are so excited for our friends at Copper Trail Brewing Company to be moving ...
04/24/2019
Copper Trail Brewing Company to undergo expansion

We may be a little late on the news, BUT we are so excited for our friends at Copper Trail Brewing Company to be moving to our part of town! What could be better than spending an afternoon at the museum and then walking over to enjoy a local brew with a lake view? 🍻 Congratulations on the expansion!
https://www.voiceofalexandria.com/news/local_business_news/copper-trail-brewing-company-to-undergo-expansion/article_1e2beb9c-5705-11e9-a39e-437cd15b5d37.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share&fbclid=IwAR0mrGodjl5cy53Icl90TlW4zoy6JxEQ-Gd83YirGnwB2EWdscxePn4tgeM

(Alexandria, MN) Copper Trail Brewing Company has been in operation for two years and is operating in the Willow Creek Complex in Alexandria, MN. Today, April 4th 2019, it is

Business Member Spotlight:Family-owned and operated for more than 70 years and located in the western Minnesota town of ...
04/24/2019

Business Member Spotlight:

Family-owned and operated for more than 70 years and located in the western Minnesota town of Alexandria, Nodland Construction Co. has been a recognized regional leader in water and sewer line construction and excavation throughout its existence. No matter how big, small, or unique your project is, they can handle it.

Thank you for your support of the museum!

Only one month until we open our doors for the season! πŸ‘πŸ˜
04/22/2019

Only one month until we open our doors for the season! πŸ‘πŸ˜

Happy Easter from all of us at the Legacy of the Lakes Museum 🌸🐰
04/21/2019

Happy Easter from all of us at the Legacy of the Lakes Museum 🌸🐰

1950 17' Higgins Sport Speedster DeluxeManufactured by the Higgins Boat Company of New Orleans, this boat is constructed...
04/19/2019

1950 17' Higgins Sport Speedster Deluxe

Manufactured by the Higgins Boat Company of New Orleans, this boat is constructed of mahogany plywood. The boat is powered by its original Gray Marine 6 cylinder engine with two down draft carburetors. Less than 100 Higgins plywood boats are believed to be in existence. The deluxe boats were decorated with mahogany trim running from the middle of the boat to the bow with a bow pennant and running light combined into one unit. This boat is named "Uncle Bob" after the donor's uncle who operated this boat on Lake Minnewaska until the early 1970's. It was restored in 1999. #FeatureFriday

Business Member Spotlight:Hilltop Lumber is a family-owned business that started in Glenwood in 1988 with five employees...
04/17/2019

Business Member Spotlight:

Hilltop Lumber is a family-owned business that started in Glenwood in 1988 with five employees, three trucks and one forklift. Since that time they have expanded to include over 60 employees and five locations: Alexandria, Glenwood, Parkers Prairie, Brandon and Ottertail. The company also operates Hilltop Rental Center located in the Alexandria store. According to owner Paul Klimek, Hilltop Lumber’s founders started with a vision of creating a company that served its customers and treated them the way they would want to be treated if they were remodeling or building a new home.

Thank you for your continued support of the museum!

We present, arguably the most asked about boat on display, the Heli-Bout. A one-of-a-kind. #FeatureFridayThis piece was ...
04/12/2019

We present, arguably the most asked about boat on display, the Heli-Bout. A one-of-a-kind. #FeatureFriday

This piece was designed and built by Brook Stevens in 1960 for Evinrude Motors. It was presented at the 51st National Boat Show in 1961 in New York as an example of what outboard builders may accomplish in the future. It was also built to introduce the Starflight 75 hp motor.

Some of Stevens other accomplishments were the Oscar Mayer Car and the introduction of a window to a clothes washing machine door.

And to answer everyone's question: no, it does not fly πŸ˜‚

Business Member Spotlight: Larson Insurance of Alexandria is an independent insurance agency, with local Minnesota offic...
04/10/2019

Business Member Spotlight:

Larson Insurance of Alexandria is an independent insurance agency, with local Minnesota offices in here in Alex and Fergus Falls. They are a full service agency offering: auto, home, life, business, farm, bonds, umbrellas, annuities, long-term care and health insurance, as well as coverage for boats, motorcycles, and snowmobiles.

Thanks for supporting the museum!

Who else is looking forward to a chilled beverage during a Music in the Gardens concert? #NationalBeerDay
04/07/2019

Who else is looking forward to a chilled beverage during a Music in the Gardens concert? #NationalBeerDay

1970 Aqua Loop: A precursor to the modern jet ski, the Aqua Loop was manufactured in Canada. The idea didn't catch on at...
04/05/2019

1970 Aqua Loop: A precursor to the modern jet ski, the Aqua Loop was manufactured in Canada. The idea didn't catch on at the time, and only 800 were ever made. #FeatureFriday

Business Member Spotlight:Alexandria Industries has been part of the manufacturing community in the Alexandria area sinc...
04/03/2019

Business Member Spotlight:

Alexandria Industries has been part of the manufacturing community in the Alexandria area since 1966. They primarily manufacture components that go into products that people use everyday. We appreciate their continued support of the museum and gardens!

1946 Gar Wood Deluxe Runabout - The Commodore"The 19' 6" Commodore was the most beautiful twin cockpit runabout of its t...
03/29/2019

1946 Gar Wood Deluxe Runabout - The Commodore

"The 19' 6" Commodore was the most beautiful twin cockpit runabout of its time, maybe of all time. Its cut-water split into wings that blended into the rub rails, exposing a mass of mahogany that curved into the stem...The Commodore is breathtaking, stylish, modern and yet still traditional." - Gar Wood Boats by Anthony S. Mollica, noted wood boat historian. #FeatureFriday

"Despite the balmy spring weather lately, Lake Superior still has a lot of ice. A few weeks ago, the lake was more than ...
03/29/2019
Photos: Lake Superior's annual ice-breaking ritual

"Despite the balmy spring weather lately, Lake Superior still has a lot of ice. A few weeks ago, the lake was more than 90 percent covered in ice β€” the most it's had in the past five years.

That ice cover has dwindled now to less than 40 percent, but when the cutters began their work, there was still at least a foot of ice encasing the Duluth harbor." - MPR News

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2019/03/27/photos-lake-superiors-annual-ice-breaking-ritual

Every spring, an icy ritual plays out in the Duluth harbor: Coast Guard cutters break open paths through the lake ice, clearing the way for thousand-foot freighters to carry their first cargo of iron ore, coal and grain.

#ThrowbackThursday to 2012 when a Corvette club made a stop at the museum. If your car or motorcycle club is looking for...
03/28/2019

#ThrowbackThursday to 2012 when a Corvette club made a stop at the museum. If your car or motorcycle club is looking for a place to visit this summer, put us on your list. We have plenty of parking, are close to restaurants, and offer group tour admission pricing. While you are here, check out our neighbors at the Runestone Museum Foundation.

Business Member Spotlight:Founded in 1997, Aagard manufactures industrial automation and packaging machinery  with an in...
03/27/2019

Business Member Spotlight:

Founded in 1997, Aagard manufactures industrial automation and packaging machinery with an intense focus on production capability and total project success. Their combination systems increase productivity while minimizing floor space, labor, and utility requirements.

Aagard has been supportive of the Legacy Gardens ever since we broke ground. They are also one of our Music in the Gardens sponsors. We thank them for their continued support!

"A garden must combine the poetic and the mysterious with a feeling of serenity and joy." - Luis Barragan #LegacyGardens
03/25/2019

"A garden must combine the poetic and the mysterious with a feeling of serenity and joy." - Luis Barragan #LegacyGardens

1948 Alexandria Boat Works 19' SedanThis sedan was custom built for Dick Wiles, a member of the Minnesouri Club. He used...
03/22/2019

1948 Alexandria Boat Works 19' Sedan

This sedan was custom built for Dick Wiles, a member of the Minnesouri Club. He used the boat to fish on Lake Miltona, just north of Alexandria. It is one of only two sedans built by ABW #FeatureFriday

We had a special delivery this afternoon. Look for these pieces and more in our upcoming art exhibit! Tomorrow marks two...
03/21/2019

We had a special delivery this afternoon. Look for these pieces and more in our upcoming art exhibit! Tomorrow marks two months until opening day 😁

Here are some #ThrowbackThursday photos to the Legacy Gardens just being formed in 2010. It is hard to even imagine the ...
03/21/2019

Here are some #ThrowbackThursday photos to the Legacy Gardens just being formed in 2010. It is hard to even imagine the space not being gardens at this point.

Business Member Spotlight:Elden's Fresh Foods' roots are deeply set in our community and are built on the spirit of home...
03/21/2019

Business Member Spotlight:

Elden's Fresh Foods' roots are deeply set in our community and are built on the spirit of hometown Family Pride! Friends and family come for wonderful produce, fresh meat cut daily, and a wide variety of national and local grocery brands at the best prices you will find anywhere. Thank you Elden's for your continued support of the museum!

Business Member Spotlight:Founded in 1999 by Jim and Jill Wagner, Integrity Title, Inc. provides professional real estat...
03/20/2019

Business Member Spotlight:

Founded in 1999 by Jim and Jill Wagner, Integrity Title, Inc. provides professional real estate title service to buyers and sellers of residential and commercial property in the greater Douglas County area.

Integrity Title is very community minded. We are fortunate to have them as museum supporters and advocates. We especially are grateful for Jill's involvement in our board. Thanks, Integrity!

Happy first day of Spring, finally! β˜€οΈ What are you doing to celebrate the day?
03/20/2019

Happy first day of Spring, finally! β˜€οΈ What are you doing to celebrate the day?

Who is ready for beautiful strolls through the Legacy Gardens?
03/19/2019

Who is ready for beautiful strolls through the Legacy Gardens?

03/18/2019
Explore Alexandria MN

Summer in Alexandria... we can't wait! πŸ˜πŸŒΏπŸŒΈβ˜€οΈπŸŽ£πŸ›Ά

Summer is just around the corner! Unleash your inner explorer and take in the beauty of the Alexandria Lakes Area. Here is a little taste of our summer fun! Visit www.ExploreAlex.com for information. See you soon! #ExploreAlex #OnlyinMN

Footage by Aerial Optics LLC

Gotta love some green on this St. Patrick's Day! Check out the striking hues on the 1958 Vali IV πŸ’š
03/17/2019

Gotta love some green on this St. Patrick's Day! Check out the striking hues on the 1958 Vali IV πŸ’š

1894 Elco Launch TenderThis boat was the launch tender for Andrew Carnegie's family yacht, the "Dungeness." It sailed th...
03/15/2019

1894 Elco Launch Tender

This boat was the launch tender for Andrew Carnegie's family yacht, the "Dungeness." It sailed the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, visiting numerous ports from 1894 to 1900. Carnegie sold the yacht in 1900 to the Fletcher family of Port Huron. They renamed her "Winyah" and sailed the ship in Lake Superior. In later years, the "Winyah" was used to haul concrete on Lake Michigan. #FeatureFriday

Address

205 3rd Ave W
Alexandria, MN
56308

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:00
Thursday 08:00 - 16:00
Friday 08:00 - 16:00

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(320) 759-1114

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