Tahoe Maritime Museum is pleased to announce the purchase of the Museum’s new property in Tahoe City. On October 15th, TMM officially closed escrow on the Tahoe Tree Company property located at the corner of West Lake Boulevard and Granlibakken Road. The Log Lodge and the adjoining ten acre property will be the future home of the Tahoe Maritime Museum campus. Contractors have already started making minor modifications to the Log Lodge to prepare the building for the Museum’s relocation this fall. Our plan is to move the Museum offices in the coming month and set up a new temporary exhibit for the winter in the main gallery space. The exhibit will showcase the diverse range of the Museum’s Collection. The new building and exhibit will be open to the public by Thanksgiving. We will be keeping our current exhibition, Racing Tahoe, installed in our Homewood building. It will be available to the public for viewing on the weekends through April 1, 2016.
Purchasing the Tahoe City property has been the first step towards the Museum’s long term plan of establishing a Museum campus which will ultimately include in addition to the Log Lodge, a gallery building, boat shop, collection storage facility, and maritime sculptural gardens. Preliminary renderings of the new buildings and site plan have been developed, but will go through full review through the winter along with plans for a capital campaign. The build out of the Museum campus will commence in the coming years.
Tahoe Maritime Museum is excited to continue working with the great businesses that have called 401 West Lake Blvd home for many years. Green Envy Landscaping, McBride’s Landscaping, Mountain Magic Catering, and Tahoe Tree Company will all be remaining onsite and are currently open for business.
Our new location in Tahoe City, CA!
Plans for the new location of Tahoe Maritime Museum are on the way to becoming reality with the purchase of Tahoe Tree Company’s 10-acre property at 401 West Lake Blvd. in Tahoe City. The Museum will move in the Fall of 2015 from its Homewood facility to Tahoe Tree’s two-story log structure at the corner of Hwy. 89 and Granlibakken Rd.
This move marks an exciting new phase for Tahoe Maritime Museum with the establishment of a museum campus including historical and art exhibition galleries, classroom and community meeting spaces, a boat restoration building, and a collection storage facility with a small library. The grounds will also provide space for outdoor classes, events, and facility rentals for weddings and special events.
The move and subsequent building project will ultimately allow Tahoe Maritime Museum to have its entire organization on one site. Facilities are now split, with the Museum offices and gallery in Homewood and a leased warehouse in Reno that stores all of the Museum’s artifacts, including more than 30 vessels in the collection. The Museum will continue to operate out of the Tahoe Tree building, which is similar in size and layout to the Homewood building, while completing the strategic site plan and launching the campaign for the new capital project.
The Museum has also worked out an agreement with Tahoe Tree Company to keep the nursery business on site, utilizing a smaller portion of the property. Owners John and Leslie Hyche have wanted to downsize, but still keep a vibrant and viable nursery.
Tahoe Maritime Museum has a very exciting future ahead!
These drawings are initial renderings. The final design is to be determined.