Tahoe Maritime Museum, Homewood

#9 of 11 in Museums in Lake Tahoe (California)
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The Tahoe Maritime Museum is a maritime museum founded in 1988 and is dedicated to the preservation of the maritime history of Lake Tahoe. The Museum hosts a collection of photographs and artifacts that span Lake Tahoe's maritime history, and in 2008 opened a new facility in Homewood, California to exhibit its collection.

The Tahoe Maritime Museum's collection includes over 25 vessels, including examples of Gar Wood, Chris-Craft, Hackercraft, Besotes, and Dodge wooden runabouts and utility boats as well as boats owned and raced by Henry J. Kaiser. In addition, the Museum is also home to the Jevarian Outboard Motor collection, an excellent collection reflecting the diversity of outboard engines over the decades. On display are models from the early 1900s as well as an outboard motor made by the Indian Silver Arrow Company.

Although not currently on display, the museum also has in its collection Teaser, a 39.92 ft sweep-stakes runabout designed by George F. Crouch and built by Henry B. Nevins, that won a time trial against the 20th Century Limited in a race from New York City to Albany in 1925. The 20th Century Limited was considered the fastest train at that time. Teaser, speeding up the Hudson River, beat the record by more than an hour.
The museum is a member of the North American Reciprocal Museums program.

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  • Check web site for new address! This is a great history of Lake Tahoe through the old wooden boats. They have some beautiful boats on display. There is a short video on the history of boating on the....  more »
  • This small museum is a tribute to the beautiful Cris-Craft and other wooden classic boats that have sailed (and still sail) on Lake Tahoe. There is also a small exhibit of scrimshaw and a pictoral...  more »
  • Knowledgeable staff and very good displays/info... Too bad the venue is so small, it would be great to see more history on the floor.
  • Stunning location with a great Tahoe heritage boat collection.

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