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: $

02/11/2020

We're freshening up our gift shop for our upcoming season! Which of these photos would make a better postcard?

Paddles have been intricately decorated by cultures across the world for hundreds of years. More than just moving water,...
02/07/2020

Paddles have been intricately decorated by cultures across the world for hundreds of years. More than just moving water, paddles were for ceremonies, used in trade, and in some cases weaponized. The designs could be decorative and symbolic.

Interested in creating paddle art for our upcoming exhibit? Details available here: https://bit.ly/2uk43Rb

Image: Close up depicting girl with gun and carved paddle, from the larger work Miโ€™qmak Indian camp on a bay with Miโ€™qmaks shooting Canada geese, c. 1850. Via https://bit.ly/374Ho8x

02/06/2020

Its National Girls and Women in Sports Day! Here are just a few female firsts in water sports from recent history.

EXCITING NEWS!!In conjunction with our new exhibit opening this spring, Legacy of the Lakes invites community members to...
01/31/2020

EXCITING NEWS!!

In conjunction with our new exhibit opening this spring, Legacy of the Lakes invites community members to Pledge a Paddle and create art using paddles. Whether you paint it, carve it, wood burn it, or sculpt it, we want to see what the community creates. Paddles will be incorporated into the exhibit and displayed throughout the season.

For more information and registration form, visit: https://legacyofthelakes.org/pledge-paddle-community-art-contest/.

The weather outside might get frightful, but inside our BoatHouse we have heated flooring that keeps things nice and toa...
01/29/2020

The weather outside might get frightful, but inside our BoatHouse we have heated flooring that keeps things nice and toasty, perfect for your winter gathering. Email [email protected] to schedule an event!

Hispano-Suiza engine: Spanish money, a Swiss engineer, and French manufacturing equals one powerful machine. #hispanosui...
01/25/2020

Hispano-Suiza engine: Spanish money, a Swiss engineer, and French manufacturing equals one powerful machine. #hispanosuiza #woodboat #raceboat #antiqueboat #minneapolisboatshow

Our 2019 Classic Boat Show Skipper's Award winners are at the @mplsboatshow this weekend too! Our 2020 Classic Boat Show...
01/25/2020

Our 2019 Classic Boat Show Skipper's Award winners are at the @mplsboatshow this weekend too! Our 2020 Classic Boat Show will be on July 10 and 11th at Arrowwood Resort on Lake Darling! #antiqueboat #boatshow #exploremn #explorealex

We're at the Minneapolis Boat Show this weekend and Dixie Baby is getting plenty of attention from visitors. The show ru...
01/24/2020

We're at the Minneapolis Boat Show this weekend and Dixie Baby is getting plenty of attention from visitors. The show runs through Sunday so stop by and say hi if you're in the area! Thanks to the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, NY for the loan of Dixie!

01/17/2020

CANCELLATION: Because of the poor weather coming in tonight, Hooch and History at Copper Trail Brewing Co has been postponed. We will keep you posted on the new date!

We're participating in the Lakes Area Wedding Expo on January 19th! Stop by and see us at our booth and enter to win a f...
01/10/2020

We're participating in the Lakes Area Wedding Expo on January 19th! Stop by and see us at our booth and enter to win a free groom's dinner, rehearsal dinner, or bridal shower in the BoatHouse!* And you can enter the general drawing for a romantic sunset boat cruise on us! Tickets are available here: https://bit.ly/2QsTR0B

Photo Credit: Amanda Leise Photography
*When you book a wedding package. $600.00 value.

Ever wonder what goes on once the museum is closed for the season? We spend our days cleaning, doing inventory, and gett...
01/08/2020

Ever wonder what goes on once the museum is closed for the season? We spend our days cleaning, doing inventory, and getting ready for the next season. This includes creating new exhibits and refreshing others, like the Alexandria Boat Works and Grand Resorts and Hotels exhibits!

Its #NationalTriviaDay AND #NationalMissouriDay, so here is some trivia about one of the earliest angling clubs in the a...
01/04/2020

Its #NationalTriviaDay AND #NationalMissouriDay, so here is some trivia about one of the earliest angling clubs in the area, the Minnesouri Club, which was also has its birthday today! Incorporated in 1890 at Lake Miltona, Minnesouri members came from both Missouri and Minnesota, hence the name. Fishing brought them together, but members and their families enjoyed swimming, surfing, and sailing, too. The club is still active today! Photo: Club dock, via http://ow.ly/UE6N50xMRSl #onlyinmn #minnesourianglingclub #explorealex #lakelife #fishing #dchsmn

Now Booking 2021 Weddings! Let us help you with making one of the most important days of your lives one of the most memo...
01/02/2020

Now Booking 2021 Weddings! Let us help you with making one of the most important days of your lives one of the most memorable #livingalexarea #eventvenue

From our first full season in the BoatHouse to our amazing exhibits and our wonderful programs, 2019 was a year for the ...
01/01/2020

From our first full season in the BoatHouse to our amazing exhibits and our wonderful programs, 2019 was a year for the books. Looking forward to a new year of programs, exhibits, and events here at Legacy of the Lakes in 2020! Happy New Year, everyone!!

Image: https://bit.ly/38SBMjP

Happy Holidays from all of us at Legacy of the Lakes Museum! Our offices will be closed today and tomorrow.Image Credit:...
12/24/2019

Happy Holidays from all of us at Legacy of the Lakes Museum! Our offices will be closed today and tomorrow.

Image Credit: Larry Meyers

Archaeologists discovered a 1000-year-old toy boat in Norway in 2016, proving that boats have been a long-time staple in...
12/20/2019

Archaeologists discovered a 1000-year-old toy boat in Norway in 2016, proving that boats have been a long-time staple in play. Our own collection has boats for kids and adults alike, although some have more horsepower than others!

Read about the discovery here: https://bit.ly/2rXRbyY

We've got some great weddings booked for 2020 at the BoatHouse and Legacy Gardens! Dates are still available for 2020 ev...
12/09/2019

We've got some great weddings booked for 2020 at the BoatHouse and Legacy Gardens! Dates are still available for 2020 events, contact us today to schedule a viewing!

Photo Credit: Abby & Brandon

We had an excellent turnout for Parade of Trees at the BoatHouse yesterday!
11/30/2019

We had an excellent turnout for Parade of Trees at the BoatHouse yesterday!

Today is the day! We're partnering with the Runestone Museum Foundationโ€‹ for Parade of Trees and Christmas in the Fort. ...
11/29/2019

Today is the day! We're partnering with the Runestone Museum Foundationโ€‹ for Parade of Trees and Christmas in the Fort. Follow the path between the BoatHouse and the Fort to kick off your holiday season!

Happy Thanksgiving! Our offices will be closed today and tomorrow, but you can join us at the BoatHouse tomorrow from 3-...
11/28/2019

Happy Thanksgiving! Our offices will be closed today and tomorrow, but you can join us at the BoatHouse tomorrow from 3-6 for Parade of Trees. Hope to see you there!

There's still time to book your holiday party at the BoatHouse! Email us at events@legacyofthelakes.org or give us a cal...
11/25/2019

There's still time to book your holiday party at the BoatHouse! Email us at [email protected] or give us a call at 320-759-1114.

Today is Give to the Max Day in Minnesota! Legacy of the Lakes relies on contributions from community members for our co...
11/14/2019

Today is Give to the Max Day in Minnesota! Legacy of the Lakes relies on contributions from community members for our continued success. This year's donations will go towards new exhibits and collections care. Donate at https://www.givemn.org/organization/Legacyofthelakesmuseum

Bulldog Photography
10/27/2019

Bulldog Photography

Was able to work with Legacy of The Lakes Museum and provide them photos from this summers boat show. Look for their article in Boathouse magazine.

Looking for something to do this weekend? Come check out the Charles Beck woodcut prints. This is your last chance to se...
10/25/2019

Looking for something to do this weekend? Come check out the Charles Beck woodcut prints. This is your last chance to see them before the museum closes on October 31st. We are open from 10-4 on Saturday and 12-4 on Sunday.

Can you believe it is already the middle of October?! Our doors are closing on another great season in just a few short ...
10/15/2019

Can you believe it is already the middle of October?! Our doors are closing on another great season in just a few short weeks (last day is October 31!). This weekend's weather is looking great for a final fall road trip. See you at the museum!

Minnesota Historical Society
10/11/2019

Minnesota Historical Society

This oil painting is simply titled "Lake Superior." It was created by Orlando Lagman in 1885.

10/09/2019
Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce

Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce

Check out this week's blog post featuring member spotlight, Legacy of The Lakes Museum!

>> https://www.alexandriamn.org/blog

Carol Swenson is the Executive Director at Legacy of the Lakes Museum in Alexandria, MN. The museum showcases classical style boats, grand hotel and resort history, fishing memorabilia and much more! The campus also offers the Legacy Gardens which features landscaping, water features, walking paths, etc. Also on the grounds is a boat house, this can be rented out by the public for various events.

Minnesota Historical Society
09/24/2019

Minnesota Historical Society

This woodcut was made by Charles Beck, circa 1980. The abstract autumn scene is in ochres and oranges and features a small grove of trees surrounded by the rolling hills and farm fields.

Wonderful man with great talent. We are honored to be displaying the works of Charles Beck this season in our front gall...
09/16/2019

Wonderful man with great talent. We are honored to be displaying the works of Charles Beck this season in our front gallery.

Today is the 2nd anniversary of the passing of Charles Beck. He is missed by many. Here at the Kaddatz Galleries we are very honored to have the opportunity to keep his legacy alive!

Our kind of humor ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒŠ
09/11/2019

Our kind of humor ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒŠ

Lake Life

What is Minnesota lake life without the Za? ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ•
09/07/2019

What is Minnesota lake life without the Za? ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ•

PODCAST! WKND 036 What would Lake Life in Minnesota be without Zorbaz? The iconic Z destination is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. We spoke to Cole Hanson, the son of founder Tom Hanson who passed on the company to him about 12 years ago. https://www.lakelifewknd.com/news/2019/9/4/lake-life-wknd-036 All started at a small candy store at the beach in Detroit Lakes in 1969. Hear first hand how it was growing up within the Z of the Hanson family and how it become a lifestyle destination to many of us over the years. Today, Cole is operating 15 restaurants in the state of Minnesota and is just getting started as it sounds. Listen to the full interview and find more lake life stories on our daily updated website www.lakelifewknd.com #getoutandexplore #welovelakelife #zorbaz Zorbaz Detroit Lakez Zorbaz on Pokegama Lake Zorbaz on Green Lake ZORBAZ on Ottertail Lake Zorbaz in Park Rapidz Long Bridge Bar, Grill and Marina Hotel Shoreham The Fireside Lure Lakebar Zorbaz on Pelican Lake Zorbaz on Gull Lake Zorbaz on Little Pine Lake Zorbaz in Alexandria

We said goodbye to vintage race boats Bolo Babe and Black Jack last week as they headed back to their home on Gull Lake....
09/03/2019

We said goodbye to vintage race boats Bolo Babe and Black Jack last week as they headed back to their home on Gull Lake. Nearly 3,500 museum guests viewed these classic gems this summer. A big thank you goes out to owner John Allen and our boat sponsors Snyder Thornburg, Stu Wood, Realtor at Edina Realty, Zimny Insurance Agency, and Integrity Title, Inc.

Race boat, Dixie Baby from the Antique Boat Museum, is still on display through October 31.

As the sun sets on Summer 2019, we want to thank all of you for a wonderful summer season (yes, we know summer technical...
09/03/2019

As the sun sets on Summer 2019, we want to thank all of you for a wonderful summer season (yes, we know summer technically isn't over for another 20 days or so ๐Ÿ˜‰)!

Remember our doors are open 7 days a week until October 31. The museum quiets down this time of year, giving you a chance to really spend some quality time in the exhibits. And don't forget to stroll through the beautiful Legacy Gardens to catch the changing colors of the season ๐Ÿ‚

Wade In.

09/02/2019

We hope you are having a fantastic Labor Day Weekend! Reminder that we are closed for the holiday today. Regular hours resume tomorrow at 10:00 am ๐Ÿ‘

8/26/2019 - The State of Fishing with Dean BeckWe had a full house at this event last week! Thank you to our co-sponsor ...
09/01/2019

8/26/2019 - The State of Fishing with Dean Beck

We had a full house at this event last week! Thank you to our co-sponsor Douglas County Lakes Association including Stephen Henry and Gene Rose, as well as our board member Amy Sunderland.

REMINDER: We will be closed Monday, September 2 in observance of Labor Day. Even though summer is nearly over, we are st...
08/28/2019

REMINDER: We will be closed Monday, September 2 in observance of Labor Day. Even though summer is nearly over, we are still open 7 days a week through Halloween! Fall is one of the best times to visit us ๐Ÿ˜„

We love seeing photos of our couple's special day ๐Ÿ˜ #LegacyGardensBride
08/27/2019

We love seeing photos of our couple's special day ๐Ÿ˜ #LegacyGardensBride

A little peek at Paul and Jessie's beautiful wedding day at Legacy of The Lakes Museum.

Lake days are numbered. Make the most of them!
08/22/2019

Lake days are numbered. Make the most of them!

August Lake Days. We love lake life!

Address

205 3rd Ave W
Alexandria, MN
56308

Opening Hours

Monday 08:30 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 08:30 - 16:00
Friday 08:30 - 16:00

Telephone

(320) 759-1114

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The Legacy of The Lakes Museum and Gardens celebrates the shared memories and experiences of Minnesota lake life, and preserves that legacy for future generations. Our Legacy Gardens offer a relaxing setting among flowers, shrubs, trees, water features, and more. Open mid-May through October.

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Dixie Baby, a 1921 Ventnor Hydroplane, on loan from the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, NY, arrives in Alexandria for our race boat exhibit this season. Sheโ€™s powered by her original Hispano-Suiza V-8 engine!
Thanks for the add..Lived here in MN all my life never knew of this..Looking forward to visiting...
What a great event at Legacy of the Lakes Museum Friday--make sure you get over to see John Buck's installation while it's on display!
Enjoy some photos of these beautiful boats yesterday at the Minnesota Lakes Classic Boat Show!