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Legacy of the Lakes Museum
205 3rd Ave. W Alexandria, MN 56308

Phone: 320-759-1114


Opening Mid-May 2017

Welcome to the Legacy of the Lakes Museum

The Legacy of the Lakes Museum celebrates our lake traditions and legacies, and is committed to their preservation for future generations. A visit to the Legacy of the Lakes Museum is enjoyable for everyone in your family. Visitors will discover classic boats, grand hotel and resort history, fishing memorabilia and much more. The Legacy 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 Legacy of the Lakes Museum & Gardens 320-759-1114.

Pistol Whippin’ Party Penguins – Friday, August 26th – Music in the Gardens

2016 final Music in the Gardens event: Friday, August 26 from 7:00 – 10:00pm. Music by: The Pistol Whippin’ Party Penguins playing a combination of folk, rock, blues, bluegrass, and the occasional stage banter will create an experience that anyone can enjoy! Adult beverages and popcorn for purchase, must be 21 or older to attend. Bring a lawn chair and a friend: Legacy Gardens 205 – 3rd Avenue W, Alexandria Minnesota...

10th Anniversary Fundraiser Event August 5th

The Legacy of the Lakes Museum will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a community fund-raising event on Friday, August 5, from 5:30 – 10 p.m. Tickets to the “Lovin’ the Lakes” celebration are $25 and include admission to the museum, a traditional fish fry dinner, a commemorative gift and live outdoor music by the popular blues band, Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys. Tickets are available at the Elden’s Fresh Foods, the museum or at the door, advance purchase is recommended. Guests should bring a lawn chair and enter through the museum’s main door. Music begins at 7 p.m. and a cash bar will be available. Bruce Olson, executive director of the museum, said, “We’ve been building a beautiful asset for the Alexandria community for 10 years, and it’s time to celebrate. We’re bringing back one of the most popular bands that has ever played in the gardens, and offering a fun dinner and the opportunity to tour the museum and gardens. We hope folks will come out and enjoy a fun, relaxing evening.” The Museum opened its doors at its current location in 2006. This year, its name was changed from Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum to Legacy of the Lakes Museum to better reflect the Museum’s goal of preserving and sharing the rich traditions and memories of life at the lake. Over the past decade, it has expanded its collection of wooden and fiberglass boats, motors, fishing equipment and historical memorabilia from the area’s classic resorts and hotels. In addition, the Museum has offered high-quality traveling exhibits including Jim Brandenburg’s photos and, this year, a unique...

The Jimmys – Friday, July 29th – Music in the Gardens

Don’t Miss It! Music in the Gardens: The Jimmys From Madison, WI, this blues, R&B and roots band are WI Blues Award winners year after year. They are infectious! Friday, July 29 from 7:00 – 10:00pm Legacy Gardens 205 – 3rd Avenue W, Alexandria, Minnesota Bring a lawn chair and a friend. Adult beverages and popcorn for purchase, must be 21 or older to attend....

Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum becomes Legacy of the Lakes Museum

The Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum in Alexandria, MN has a new name and new look this summer. The museum, which this year celebrates its 10th anniversary, is now known as the Legacy of the Lakes Museum. Bruce Olson, executive director, said, “We’re giving the old lake place a remodel … new name, new logo, new exhibits.” He added, “The name ‘Legacy of the Lakes’ is a much better reflection of the mission and scope of the museum. Beautiful boats will always be at the heart of this museum. But our collection and exhibits encompass all aspects of what people treasure about going to the lake – fishing, water skiing, resort life, campfires, family time, relaxation – whether that lake is in Minnesota or anywhere else in the world. Legacy of the Lakes celebrates these traditions and seeks to preserve them for future generations.” The museum’s new name and new look are the result of a strategic planning process that began with an interpretive plan, which has helped the museum create a more engaging experience for visitors, followed by a branding initiative designed to better communicate the museum’s mission. “Visiting our museum is fun,” Olson said, and visitors are amazed at the quality of our exhibits. The museum celebrates life at the lake, and the new brand helps us tell that story in a much more powerful...


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