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 Hours
The Museum is closed for the season.

Adults: $10
Seniors (65+): $8
Veterans/Active Military: $5
Students 5-17: $5
Family (2 adults or 2 seniors & kids 17 and under): $25

Kids under 5 are FREE when accompanied by a paying adult. Members are always FREE! Museums for All participating museum.

Prime Frontage on Minnesota’s Lake History

Events at the Museum

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

Paddle Art Contest

Registration Now Open! Legacy of the Lakes Museum invites community members to paint, wood burn, sculpt, or carve a paddle for our 4th annual Paddle Art Contest.

Parade of Trees

It's time for Alexandria's annual holiday kick off, Christmas in the Fort and Parade of Trees! Come visit the holiday trees in the BoatHouse, enjoy our hot cocoa bar and make a s'more over the fire at this free community event. More information here

Gift Shop

Museum Gift Shop

Lake and museum themed gifts and souvenirs, including clothing, books, and children's toys. Click here to shop



The museum offers numerous education programs and events for adults and children, check out our calendar for the latest information. For more information on school tours, visit here

Lake Places

Lake Places

Lake Places is a new, community-driven exhibit from the Legacy of the Lakes Museum and Douglas County Historical Society opening at the Legacy of the Lakes Museum in Spring 2023. View the online Gallery here starting May 19

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.

Legacy of the Lakes Boat Show

The next Legacy of the Lakes Diamond Classic Boat Show is July 13, 2024! For the latest information, click 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. More information here.

Venue Rentals

The Legacy of the Lakes Museum & Gardens offers a beautiful setting for wedding ceremonies, 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.