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North Lake Tahoe Historical Society and Gatekeepers Museum

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Great place to learn a little history of the town!

We popped into here one morning - paid the entrance fee for the 4 adults and learned all about the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Louisville, Kentucky
Cute giftshop

This museum is near Tahoe city visitor center and the dam. There is a bridge going over the dam... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Alexandra T
Murrieta, California
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This small museum documents the history of Nevada's native peoples and its settlement in the 18th and 19th centuries.
130 W. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, CA 96145
+1 530-583-1762
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We popped into here one morning - paid the entrance fee for the 4 adults and learned all about the Native American history of the area hundreds of years ago. It's a quaint little museum, but has really neat artifacts from the late 1800's ,...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is near Tahoe city visitor center and the dam. There is a bridge going over the dam called the Fanny Bridge because of all the people standing there looking down at the water, all that is seen from across the street are their...More

Thank Alexandra T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Gatekeepers Museum is a little misleading. It is $5 to get in, which is fine but there is no information on the Gatekeeper in the Museum! You need to go to the bridge/dam and read the signs to get Gatekeeper information. The museum is...More

1  Thank xoft
Reviewed 20 March 2018

Between 1910 and 1968, the gatekeeper, who lived on the site, was responsible for monitoring the lake’s level, using a hand-turned winch system (still used today) to keep the water at the correct level. The museum was in a beautiful log building. The first part...More

Thank VNE
Reviewed 1 March 2018

We stopped in Tahoe City for a quick potty break and a view of the Truckee Dam. We discovered the Gatekeepers Museum and were more than happy to stay for 90 minutes to take in the wonderful collection of Native American, primarily California and Nevada...More

Thank Richard J
Reviewed 11 July 2017

This small museum has a nice display of Lake Tahoe historical artifacts, very interesting and worthwhile. mostly, I found the basket collection of Marion Steinbach absolutely fascinating. The display is so educational and informative because it is ordered by California Indian tribes and accompanied by...More

3  Thank Vreni_12
Reviewed 2 May 2017

This museum is done in two parts with only one reasonable entrance fee. One part houses the Gatekeepers Museum which contains early Tahoe artifacts and Olympic memorabilia and the other, The Marion Steinbach Indian Basket Museum which is extensive and fantastic. Both are located within...More

Thank Annette K
Reviewed 14 March 2017

I enjoyed learning, seen the artifacts, and a short documentary related to the area. Visiting the lake would be complete by knowing the area and the history behind it. One would appreciate even more...

Thank moreiraj17
Reviewed 13 August 2016

This museum has photos of Lake Tahoe places in the "Olden Days" and local memoribiia, but for us the best part was the information oon the black bears. Wonderful video of mother and cubs. If you are interested in Indian Baskets you should not miss...More

Thank NanGS_10
Reviewed 2 June 2016

This is a great little gem in Tahoe City next to the Lake and the Truckee River. There is even access to the famous dam from this spot. Perfect for a picnic by the Lake. Beach activities from this location really depend on the Lake's...More

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