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Museum of Lake Minnetonka

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Causes: Arts & Culture, History Museums

Mission: We are dedicated to preserving the history of Lake Minnetonka and provide opportunities for people to interact with Lake Minnetonka's historical past.

Programs: Boat rides and narration of the study and interpretation of the history of lake minnetonka and the surrounding region in minnesota including geology, ecosystems, natural history, boating and regional transportation in the early 1900s. Approximately 10,000 people rode the minnehaha in 2013

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11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have enjoyed volunteering for this organization for over 20 years. Great opportunity to share a piece of Minnesota history with people from around the world.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an outstanding piece of history that brings back the feel of travel over one hundred years ago. Interesting commentary on the history of the steamboat Minnehaha and the area around the lake. The weather was great and everyone should take a ride on this wonderful boat.

Sandi11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fairly new to the area, I discovered this historical boat ride and fell in love with its charm! Some days I rode with friends and other times I wore my headphones and listened to relaxation music while riding. The stories that are shared are filled with history and help you realize the miracle of how this very boat was once sunk and then revived to live on! It is my dream in a few years to have the time to volunteer. This past summer I rode a boat off Hilton Head in South Carolina. To be honest, it lacked the charm of the Minnehaha. It ranks up on my top ten list of places to make sure I bring my summer visitors!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The boat was wonderful. The trip was exciting. It is strongly encouraged for anyone with any interest in boats, history or the local area to take part in any excursion. The staff is very informative and experienced. You can tell they have great pride in their work and what they do. 5*** ratings and a big thank you to all who keep the boat afloat.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An outstanding restoration and a well-run operation. A page from the past, presented simply but effectively by using the boat for the purpose it was built for--trips on the lake. Wish I lived closer; I'd be on every weekend.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A gentle ride on Lake Minnetonka, history presented well, volunteers who get a kick out of sharing their gig with everyone ....priceless and an opportunity we include on ur Summer To Do list.

Karen289

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We make this an annual tradition. So relaxing and we enjoy seeing the amazing houses along the lake shore. We usually see a loon on the water too.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MLM keeps alive a tradition begun almost two centuries earlier when excursion steamboating first came to the communities along the Upper Mississippi River. The devoted crew of the Steamboat Minnehaha always make for a delightful ride.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A fantastic organization that brings together people from all walks of life and ages to support living history!

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I first moved to Excelsior I learned about the Steamboat Minnehaha and took one of the first one-hour cruises of the year. It is a GREAT way to tour Lake Minnetonka, the boat is beautiful - stunning really - and it is fascinating to learn how they recovered and restored this boat which was part of the streetcar system until the 1920s. I take all my visiting friends and family on the Steamboat. If you have kids they might get to help steer the ship! The volunteers are great, the tour is interesting, and I love hearing the bells - which sound like a streetcar - and the wonderful horn!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great non-profit if you are looking to donate your time during the summer! Very educational and fun, would recommend it to all my friends.