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.
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.
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.
The Museum and Gardens offer perfect settings for business events, weddings, retirement parties, memorial services, and more. Contact us today about how our one-of-a-kind environment can make your event even more special.
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.
We host live music on select Friday nights in the summer in the beautiful Legacy Gardens. Summer 2018 lineup coming in the Spring!
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The Museum is proud to present an annual Minnesota Lakes Classic Boat Show at Arrowwood Resort on Lake Darling. 2017 event details here. →
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.
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.
Fiberglass revolutionized the boating industry—making boats more affordable while enabling radical new designs. See some of the coolest in our “Fiberglassics” exhibit today.
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.
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.
Minnesota's been home to skilled watercraft builders since Native Americans first fashioned birch bark canoes hundreds of years ago. The museum boasts the most complete collection of Minnesota-made boats from Larson to our own Alexandria Boat Works.