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


We can’t wait for you to stop by. We’re open weekdays 10:00-5:00, Saturdays 10:00-4:00 and Sundays 12:00-4:00. Our season runs May 23-Oct. 31.

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

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

A window into one of the finest wood boat collections in the world.

Lee and Penny Anderson are generously sharing three boats from their private collection to serve as the core of our featured Launches exhibit this summer. Pictured: “Royaleze” A 1928 27' Ditchburn Viking. Photo credit: Classic Boating

Music in the Gardens

Music in the Gardens!

Live music on Friday nights.

July 7 – Heart & Soul
July 14 – Pistol Whippin Party Penguins
July 28 – Davina & the Vagabonds
Aug 4 – Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys
Aug 11 – Joyann Parker
Aug 25 – Tracy K

More information here

MN Lakes Classic Boat Show

The Museum is proud to present the 2017 Minnesota Lakes Classic Boat Show at The Arrowwood Resort on Lake Darling from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on July 8th. Details here.

The Gardens

The Gardens

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

Open daily and free to the public. The Legacy Gardens is available for weddings and private events. Professional photographers are asked to obtain a permit from the Museum. Contact us for more information.

Private Events

The Museum and Gardens offer perfect settings for business events and weddings. Contact us today about how our one-of-a-kind environment can make your event even more special.

Support Us

Join our team!

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. Call or email for more information.

Support Us


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

Photographs by Jim Brandenburg

World-renowned nature photographer Jim Brandenburg returns to the Museum with Touch the Sky, a traveling exhibit of 44 photographs. Touch the Sky showcases breathtaking landscapes and iconic creatures of the American prairie. (This summer only.)

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.