In 1987, Alan Furth and four other dedicated volunteers started the Tahoe Maritime Museum with a vision of preserving and presenting Lake Tahoe’s rich maritime history. Since then, many have pitched in to donate boats, artifacts, memories, materials, and funding. Volunteers spent countless hours to get the museum going strong, and continue to play a major roll in the museum's exhibits and programs. In May of 2008, the Tahoe Maritime Museum launched into an exciting new era, with the completion of a 5,800 square foot home in Homewood, California.The museum currently has a staff of 5 and a collection of 32 boats and numerous other smaller artifacts in its collections.
The exterior of our museum is reminiscent of an old boathouse, well-suited to its Lake Tahoe surroundings, with a spacious open interior design that allows visitors to explore the boats in our unique exhibits from all angles. The exhibits change annually to showcase the museum's collections objects and Lake Tahoe's history. Our youngest visitors can engage in hands-on activities to better understand maritime history in their own dedicated children’s area. School groups can choose to travel to the museum to participate in programs designed to complement the learning that happens inside their classrooms, or have the museum's educator travel to the classroom with artifacts and activities. Most of all, the building allows the Tahoe Maritime Museum to fulfill the dreams of Alan Furth and the other founders by providing a fun, family-friendly destination where community and visitors can learn about and experience Lake Tahoe's maritime history.