Museum of Lake Minnetonka, Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society
This museum and the volunteers that sustain it work to preserve and interpret local history. The organization also serve as the stewards of the historic steamboat Minnehaha. Highlights of the museum include exhibits drawn from artifacts from the Minnetonka area including items related to Excelsior Amusement Park. The museum also offers a variety of historically-themed cruise and charter packages aboard the Minnehaha. These tours offer a chance to sail aboard a historic vessel while learning about the history of the lake and its people.
Backstory and Context
The steamboat operated until 1925. In 1980, local residents discovered the steamboat mired in the pit of a lake. With the help of numerous volunteers, the boat was lifted and restored. in 1996, after many years of effort, the Minnehaha is back on the water offering tours led by members of this volunteer-operated museum.
"Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society Museum View Website." Explore Minnesota. 2018. Accessed July 07, 2018. http://www.exploreminnesota.com/things-to-do/17563/excelsior-lake-minnetonka-historical-society-muse....3