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


Museum Closed for the Season
Office Hours:
M-F 8:30-4
Closed holidays.

Admission Adults: $10
Seniors (65+): $8
Veterans/Active Military: $5
Students 5-17: $5
Families (2 parents or 2 grandparents & kids 17 and under): $25

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

Map & directions.

Prime Frontage on Minnesota’s Lake History


Pledge-a-Paddle Community Art Contest

It's time to sign-up for the third annual Pledge-a-Paddle contest! Early bird pricing is going on right now. Click here for more information and to register!

Events at the Museum

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

Legacy of the Lakes Boat Show

Our Boat Show on July 9th and 10th were a great success. 2022 date announcement coming soon. For more details and click here

Music in the Gardens

Music in the Gardens!

Join us in the Legacy Gardens for live music on select summer Friday nights. Each year we bring a variety of bands from the Midwest and beyond to perform on the Pohlig Family Stage. Adult beverages for sale for those 21 or older. This is a ticketed event. Details.

Gallery Talk: History of Chris-Craft

Museum board member, Dave Bortner shares the story of how Chris-Craft was born and grew into one of the most iconic boat brands in the world.

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. More information here.

Venue Rentals

The Legacy of the Lakes Museum & Gardens offers a beautiful setting for wedding ceremonies and receptions, business events, retirement parties, memorial services, and more. Available rental packages.

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.

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.

Support Us


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