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

Visit!

Open May 22 - Oct 31 for the 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

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.

Events at the Museum


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

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. $8.00 admission, cash bar, bring your lawn chair!

More information here

Legacy of the Lakes Summer Showcase

We are changing things up this year! Our boat show is taking on a new and improved look. 2018 event details here.

Minnesota Boat Builders

Minnesota Boat Builders

New 2018 Exhibit: Boat builders in Minnesota were instrumental in fueling the vacation boom of the 1950s and on by providing affordable, maintenance-free, trailerable boats to middle-class Americans who eagerly hit the road with their families in search of adventure and fun.

John Buck: Cat’s Cradle

John Buck: Cat’s Cradle

New 2018 Exhibit: John Buck is an American artist who primarily works with wood. Six of his giant, kinetic sculptures are on display for this summer only. These unique pieces depict moments of our shared history, melding past and present. Opening June 8! Exhibit made possible by support from KANEKO of Omaha, the Mammel Family Foundation, and Explore Alexandria.

The Amazing Gar Wood

The Amazing Gar Wood

New 2018 Exhibit: Growing up on Lake Osakis in Minnesota, Garfield “Gar” Wood’s love of boats and speed started at an early age. He went on to become a successful inventor, entrepreneur, boat racer, and national icon.

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.

Made in Minnesota!

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.