Legacy of the Lakes Museum, Alexandria Minnesota

As museums go, this one’s a breath of fresh air.

Going up north to the lake has been a special experience for generations of families who have sought fun, relaxation and rejuvenation among the resorts, cabins and activities of Minnesota’s lakes. Legacy of the Lakes Museum celebrates these lake traditions and legacies - exhibiting them and preserving them for the future. Learn more about our mission, history and more here


The museum is now closed for the season and will reopen in May 2018! Season hours are weekdays 10:00-5:00, Saturdays 10:00-4:00 and Sundays 12:00-4:00.

Admission Adults: $8.00
Seniors (65+): $7.00
Students (5-17): $5.00
Families (parent & children 17 and under): $18.00

Children under 5 are FREE when accompanied by a paying adult. Members are always FREE!

We’re located just west of Big Ole. Map & directions.

Prime Frontage on Minnesota’s Lake History

Events at the Museum

There are no upcoming events at this time.

For a complete calendar of events see our museum calendar page here.

Venue Rentals

The Legacy Gardens offers a beautiful setting for wedding ceremonies and receptions, corporate events, retirement parties, memorial services, and more. Learn about our facility and rentals here.

Executive Director

Captain This Ship?

We’re hiring an executive director and are looking for someone with a passion for life at the lake. If you value how museums can make a community richer by preserving a shared history, this full-time, year-round position in Alexandria might be for you. Learn more and apply here.

The Gardens

Legacy Gardens

Stroll the pathways of our Legacy Gardens and find yourself surrounded by beautiful landscaping, water-features and flower beds.

Open daily and free to the public. The Legacy Gardens are available for event rental. A photography permit is required if you wish to take professional photos in the Gardens. Contact us for more information.

Support Us


It’s easy to be part of the Legacy of the Lakes Museum. Learn about membership, corporate sponsorship and how you might add to our collection.

Support Us


Volunteers are an invaluable part of the Museum. You'll have an opportunity to make a difference by becoming a docent, helping with the boat show and other events, promoting the Museum, constructing displays and more. Contact us if you would like to help out.

Music in the Gardens

Music in the Gardens!

We host live music events on select Friday nights in the summer in the beautiful Legacy Gardens. Summer 2018 lineup coming in the Spring!

More information here

MN Lakes Classic Boat Show

The Museum is proud to present an annual Minnesota Lakes Classic Boat Show at Arrowwood Resort on Lake Darling. 2017 event details here.

Grand Hotels and Resorts

Each June they would arrive via the Great Northern and Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railroads, bringing trunks filled with silks and linens, formal dinner wear and European hats. See how these affluent early visitors summered in grandeur.

Wooden Boats

Since the Museum's inception, wooden boats have held center stage. Few museums offer as wide a range of rare boats including Chris-Craft, Gar Wood, Century and Hackercraft, as well as the ultimate collection of made-in-Minnesota craft.

Shapes of the Future

Fiberglass revolutionized the boating industry—making boats more affordable while enabling radical new designs. See some of the coolest in our “Fiberglassics” exhibit today.

Go Fish!

See how fishing technology has evolved since our area first became famous for great fishing in the late 1800s. Check out some amazing catches and learn about the legendary guides that made them possible.

The Minnesouri Club

In 1890, 20 men from Missouri and 15 from Minneapolis formed a club overlooking the waters of Lake Miltona. Experience life on the lake back in the day with our re-creation of a Minnesouri Club front porch.