Tahoe Maritime Museum expanding in Tahoe City

THE TAHOE MARITIME MUSEUM, WHICH began as a small seasonal display at Sugar Pine Point, now is on its way to having its own campus, encompassing exhibition galleries, offices and collection storage on a 10-acre property in Tahoe City.

With the purchase of the Tahoe Tree Company’s property slated for early fall, the Museum will move in October from its Homewood facility to Tahoe Tree’s two-story log structure at the corner of Granlibakken Rd. and Hwy. 89.

“Years ago this would have seemed impossible,” says Dave Olson, Tahoe Maritime Museum board president. “We never thought we’d have the opportunity to acquire such a beautiful property and build a museum campus. We are excited for the Museum and the North Lake Tahoe community.”

For this summer, it is “business as usual” for Tahoe Tree Company, which is operating at full capacity, and for the Museum, with its 2015 exhibit, “Racing Tahoe: Post World War II Powerboats” at its present Homewood facility.

This move marks an exciting new era for Tahoe Maritime Museum, founded in 1987. Now the nonprofit envisions the establishment of a museum campus, including historical and art exhibition galleries, classroom and community meeting spaces, a boat restoration building, and collection storage facility with a small library.

The grounds will also provide space for out-door classes, events and facility rentals. The North Lake Tahoe community already has a history of holding community events at Tahoe Tree Company, such as concerts for the Lake Tahoe Music Festival. The Museum has also worked out an agreement with Tahoe Tree Company to keep the nursery on site.

(Photo: Andreas Hub)

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