Lake Minnetonka Historical Society

A nonprofit organization

The Lake Minnetonka Historical Society tells the story of Lake Minnetonka by collecting, preserving and sharing its history. 

The Society was formed in October 2023 through the consolidation of the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society, the Museum of Lake Minnetonka, the Wayzata Historical Society and the Westonka Historical Society. The new organization has one of the largest archival and three-dimensional collections of Lake Minnetonka history available in-person and online and maintains a Research Archives in Wayzata, as well as Museums in Excelsior, Mound and Wayzata.

The Society also shares the history of the lake through a variety of public programs and experiences, publishes and sells a number of books about the history of the area and is committed to returning its historic 1906 streetcar steamboat Minnehaha to active operation on Lake Minnetonka to continue her life as a floating museum.

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Organization name

Lake Minnetonka Historical Society

other names

Formerly Excelsior-Lake Mtka Historical Society, Museum of Lake Minnetonka, Wayzata Historical Society, Westonka Historical Society

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Arts & Culture Education


P.O. Box 672
WAYZATA, MN 55391-0672



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