Welcome to the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum & Gardens

The Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum celebrates our lake traditions and legacies, and is committed to their preservation for future generations. A visit to the MLMM is enjoyable for everyone in your family. Visitors will discover classic boats, grand hotel and resort history, fishing memorabilia and much more.

The Maritime Gardens unfolds as the project continues the development of Phase Two. Several events are scheduled in the Gardens this summer. The Museum and Gardens provide an excellent venue for your next company event or wedding. For more information on renting the museum facilities for your event, or how to contribute to this project, contact the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum & Gardens.

New for 2014

Mobile Audio Tours - The Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum now offers a mobile audio tour for visitors carrying a cell phone. The interpretive mobile tour adds a new dimension to museum artifacts and exhibits. OnCell powers the mobile tour service.

The Amazing Gar Wood! The 2014 season unveils an expanded Gar Wood exhibit. "The Amazing Gar Wood" will highlight his multiple interests as an inventor, entrepreneur, adventurer and visionary. Learn More...

The popular Duck Boat Exhibit finds a permanent home in the Mammel Foundation Gallery for 2014. The exhibit features duck boats along with rare decoys and unusual hunting memorabilia. Learn More...

Maritime Gardens continues the Phase Two development with the support of donors, businesses and hundreds of volunteer hours. Learn More...

Other exhibits include:

History of Larson Boat Works
History of Chris-Craft

By special arrangement with the Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska.

This exhibit features selections from a new 20th century edition of spectacular hand-colored engravings, printed in 1989 by Joslyn Art Museum in partnership with Alecto Historical Editions in London, struck from the original ca. 1840 plates created by Swiss artist Karl Bodmer. The show exhibits 40 framed prints, assembled from the eighty-one prints in the new edition of Bodmer's images.

Teachers will have access to an online educational resource packet with an expedition overview, images, and detailed descriptive materials for selected prints, thematic curriculum connections that align with Nebraska educational standards, map, timeline, printmaking overview, and a classroom art-making lesson plan. Filled with touchable objects, books, DVDs, and print reproductions, an Outreach Trunk will help students become better prepared for the exhibition viewing (Braille, large print object labels, and Spanish language interpretive materials included).  Learn more about the exhibit, artist Karl Bodmer (1809-1893) and Prince Maximilian Alexander Philipp of Wied (1782-1867) a respected naturalist, ethnologist and explorer. Learn More...

Museum Hours

May 9, 2014 - November 1, 2014
Monday - Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday Noon - 4:00 pm
Closed Holidays


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