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Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum

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Address: 3058 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150-7810
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great place to get some info on the past in the area.

This place is dedicated to helping to preserve all the past history of the gold rush, rail road miners and events that have happen in the Tahoe area.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed January 5, 2017
Clarksville, Tennessee
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Clarksville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017

This place is dedicated to helping to preserve all the past history of the gold rush, rail road miners and events that have happen in the Tahoe area.

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Georgetown, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

After many visits to Tahoe, this was our 1st time here. Lovely small museum packed with interesting artifacts. Docent volunteer was very friendly & informative. Nice break from outdoor sightseeing & hiking. Donation box available.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

Every visitor to South Lake Tahoe has to visit here at least once. Filled with local history. A great learning experience for kids, but its mostly for adults.

Salt Lake City, UT
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

We called as was suggested by others and found out the days the museum was open. One of the days was our check out day and since we were just driving to Sparks for our next night's stay we had several hours open. Coming from the north, we had a hard time finding the place even though we had the... More 

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

We returned to the free Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum. This time one of the members of the staff was so nice and assisted us in seeing the good film they have there on Lake Tahoe history. It is called Lake of the Sky - The Story of Tahoe. We looked at the exhibits as well.

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Lake Tahoe (California), California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2016

put together nicely, interesting, they have a good selection of books on the history of Tahoe. The oldest cabin in Tahoe is there, and it is right on the hwy near Lakeview Commons beach, the Lake Tahoe campground, also the rec center & pool, I think adults will enjoy more than kids. If you love Tahoe history, it's a must... More 

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San Leandro, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2016

Can't believe this small museum is packed with so many historical artifacts and IT'S FREE. The front desk lady was very helpful. She said you can walk around the exhibit to get a chronological feel. It starts with handmade baskets, then ranch tools, Pony Express, Chinese railroad workers, silverwares, antique sporting goods for the snow, women outfits and finally, a... More 

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South Lake Tahoe, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2015

A very good small museum packed with tons of artifacts and interesting items to see, especially the winter things, like skis, snowshoes, sleds, etc. Also an interesting, restored log cabin from the early-1900s with plenty of household items from years ago. Museum has a great selection of books, pamphlets, and maps.

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2015

Great place for a bit of history, great video, no entry fee. Sadly it has very restricted opening hours, so you need to check before going.

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Lafayette, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2015

Biked by when it was closed and finally returned when it was open-twice! Love the items from decades ago and articles on display. The docent pointed out their DVD showing- ended up watching the entire, fascinating 2-part history series about Lake Of the Sky from 1844 to 1960, narrated by Leonard Nimoy. There is a "one-armed bandit" on display-you can... More 

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