3838 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA, US, 96150

  • Phone: (530) 541-5400
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  • Arts & Museums

    »Tallac Historic Site

    Standing as a testimonial to the wealthy are the beautiful estates of the Baldwin, Pope and Heller families. These summer get-aways for the upper crust were built at the turn of the 20th century. Dextra Baldwin built his estate in 1921. The museum inside houses Washoe Indian artifacts and Baldwin family exhibits. The Pope estate is now an interpretive center offering historic tours and a living history program in the summer. The Heller, or Valhalla estate, built in 1924, was the summer stomping grounds of the rich and famous. Appointments are necessary to visit the homes, but admission is free. Plays, Indian celebrations and other events are also presented at the site. Call for more information.

    Emerald Bay Road at Heritage Way
    South Lake Tahoe, CA 95705

    »Laura Springs Ranch

    Located at the foot of the High Sierras, the ranch is at the crossroads of the Pony Express and the Emigrant Trails, now State Route 206. The place was settled in 1863 by Norwegian immigrants Nils Morrison and his wife Carrie Sorenson. The homestead has remained in the family for five generations, and they now specialize in antiques. There's even a "finder service" if the Morrison family doesn't have what you want on hand. Refreshments are served everyday at the old ranch house, and guests can take a stroll on the Pony Express Trail.

    1456 Foothill Road
    Gardnerville, NV 89460

    »Mormon Station State Historic Park

    This site was first established in 1851 as a trading post for pioneers traveling westward to the gold rush at Sutter's Mill in California. It was the first settlement in Nevada. There is a museum and stockade with exhibits that tell an interesting story. The museum hosts a large display of baskets and pottery. Antique machines and tools are on display along with a pictorial history of the area. Outside of the museum, you will find a delightful picnic area with tables and barbecue grills. Admission is free, however, donations are accepted.

    Jacks Valley Road @ Main Street
    Genoa, NV 89411

    »Genoa Courthouse Museum

    Genoa is the site of Nevada's first courthouse, complete with its jail. It was built in 1865, in what was then a Mormon settlement. It has been restored in recent years and it contains a blacksmith shop and a gift store. You can find handcrafted dolls, books on local history and other Nevada memorabilia. The tour of the museum is free, but donations are appreciated. Genoa is a peaceful little village just a few minutes south of Carson City. There are still some interesting examples of original architecture in the area in addition to the museum.

    2304 Main Street
    Genoa, NV 89411

    »Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center

    Located in the restored Douglas County High School building, the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center offers several exhibits on such subjects as the Washo Indian tribe, Basque, National History, telecommunication, and a country doctor's waiting room. A museum gift shop, complete with Indian art, books, local crafts and souvenirs, and an art gallery are also on site.

    1477 US Highway 395 North
    Gardnerville, Nevada 89410

    »Sharkey's Memorabilia Collection

    Collection of Western art, boxing memorabilia, circus items, and an extensive saddle collection are showcased at this gallery.

    1440 US Highway 395
    Gardnerville, Nevada 89410

    »Sugar Pine Nature Center

    You will find this informative center in the day-use area near the Erhman Mansion. Inside peruse the displays of birds, mammals and major game fish that are indigenous to the Lake Tahoe Basin. Check out the "touchy-feely" table designed for children and others who enjoy the hands-on approach. A movie is shown continuously, teaching you about the history of the lake and the early Native American inhabitants. Admission is free, but there is a day-use charge of $5.

    Highway 89
    Tahoe City, CA 96145

    »Tahoe Maritime Museum

    Amazingly well-preserved watercraft artifacts of Tahoe's maritime history are found here. The museum is used for public education and is a non-profitable organization. Boats, engines, motors, memorabilia...it's a sailor's paradise! Photographs dating back to the late 19th century are also on display. One can view almost antique hydroplanes along with modern day aquaplanes and water-skis, making this a veritable trip through history. Anglers will be happy to spot various types of fishing gear, boats and poles among the loftier watercrafts. Keen on keeping alive the local history, the museum publishes newsletters, produces videos, maintains audio/video archives and conducts regular sales. A membership contributes to the conservation of the local heritage. Closed on Wednesdays.

    5205 West Lake Boulevard
    Homewood, CA 96141

    »Stewart Indian School Museum

    This learning institution was founded in 1890 as a school for Western Indian tribes and operated until 1980. Today, it is a museum that collects and exhibits memorabilia from the school's alumni and faculty. Numerous events are held here throughout the year, including The Spring Awakening, Father's Day Pow Wow and Craft Fair, and the "S" Painting on Stewart Hill. Native American arts and crafts classes are also featured. The Little Rock House Trading Post is filled with handcrafted items like hides, beading, baskets, paintings, blankets and crafts supplies. Admission to the museum is free, but donations are appreciated.

    5366 Snyder Avenue
    Carson City, NV 89701

    »Nevada State Railroad Museum

    The Virginia and Truckee Railroad was America's richest and most famous short line railroad. The remains of this notable piece of history are now housed at this museum. There are more than 50 pieces of equipment including five steam locomotives and several restored coaches and freight cars. The museum offers lectures, an annual history symposium, changing exhibits and the operation of historic railroad equipment. Before the collection began, Hollywood movie studios purchased much of the original equipment from the V&T and one can see some of the trains in old movies.

    2180 South Carson Street
    Carson City, NV 89701

    »Ehrman Mansion

    This two-story Queen Anne-style home, built in 1902, is a good example of a Lake Tahoe summerhouse for the rich. In the upstairs of the mansion you will find exhibits pertaining to the Hellman-Ehrman family. A beautiful marble fireplace is in the living room, and restored authentic furniture and chandeliers are in abundance. On the grounds of the estate, is a cabin built in 1870 and many spectacular nature trails. Rangers conduct a 45-minute tour of the home during the summer months.

    Highway 89 at Pine Street
    Tahoe City, CA 96145

    »Warren Engine Co. No. 1 Historic Fire Museum

    The first private fire company in Carson City and the oldest continuously-operating volunteer fire department in the western United States, this museum features photographs, uniforms, and antique fire fighting equipment.

    111 North Curry Street
    Carson City, Nevada 89701
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