Gatekeeper's Museum
Gatekeeper's Museum
4.5
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The North Lake Tahoe Historical Society preserves, presents and interprets the history of North Lake Tahoe both in a regional context and in the larger context of the American West. We do this in a manner that is engaging, educational and culturally sensitive through innovative programming and exhibits at the Gatekeeper's and Watson Cabin Museums of the NLTHS. The Gatekeeper's Museum and Watson Cabin place emphasis on the cultural and geographical histories that influenced the development of North Lake Tahoe. The Marion Steinbach Indian Basket Museum places emphasis on the historical and contemporary basketry traditions of western North America, and seeks to promote cultural awareness through programming in collaboration and consultation with native American weavers and scholars.
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Previa1994
Chicago, IL6,674 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
The Gatekeepers Museum in Tahoe City has a long official name - California State Parks Truckee River Outlet - William Layton Steinbach Indian Basket & Gatekeepers Museum! I spent about an hour here while renting a bike from the nearby Willard's Sports Shop. The museum was not open (early in the morning); no matter. I walked around the State Park complex, and I found the dam at the outlet of Lake Tahoe (start of Truckee River) to be quite interesting. It is a beautiful structure and there is a panoply of historical boards on the dam walk. Additionally, one could walk out to the shores of Lake Tahoe behind the museum. The walk around the museum building is lovely too. The Gatekeepers Museum is certainly worth a stop if one is visiting Tahoe City. One can learn quite a bit about Tahoe area history.
Written February 10, 2023
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Davigeta
Saint Louis, MO1,084 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This attraction is near the Visitor's Center, and (obviously) the Fanny Bridge and the Truckee River. It's a nice building but it's a little hard to fund the entrance. The exhibits are pretty good. My wife was attracted to the basket weaving exhibit, showcasing a variety of baskets from the Southwest and Northwest tribes. On the second floor, there was an interesting exhibit on the 1960 Olympics, currently on loan to this museum. Perhaps the best part of the museum is the grounds and the adjacent areas. There are picnic tables outside by the Truckee River and you can walk around the around where the Truckee River begins, and Lake Tahoe ends. Adjacent to the museum are the gates themselves, Fanny Bridge, and some interesting informational signs about the area. Some could use replacing, though, due to wear and tear. The grounds are free and a must-see. The museum is $10, $9 for us seniors. Probably worth going inside. A nice place!
Written August 22, 2022
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Ertan A
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Good place to visit while in Tahoe City. Rich local history, Olympic skies, dresses upstairs. First floor American Indian artifacts.
Written December 22, 2019
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Maryann
Watertown, Massachusetts, USA120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
What a beautiful venue- attended a family wedding there. Spectacular views of lake. Clean bathrooms! Well worth a visit.
Written September 17, 2019
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rgl201
101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
California Indian baskets are simply spectacular, and this little museum has a stellar collection. You don't have to be a passionate basketry enthusiast (I am not) to appreciate these as intricate and beautiful works of art. The rest of the museum has interesting displays of Lake Tahoe history, but the baskets are really worth the trip.
Written August 1, 2019
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Baywalk827
Hayward, CA509 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Friends
Beautiful location on the lake. This lovely museum has an outstanding Native American basket collection that was donated as well as an excellent collection of memorabilia for the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics as well as a beautiful stuffed bear for children to touch. Not much for kids but super local history, right beside the dam.
Written October 10, 2018
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We appreciate you coming in and exploring our historical museum
Written October 26, 2018
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Guy NorCal
Orangevale, CA119 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
This is little museum at the northwest corner of Lake Tahoe and situated directly on highway 89. The museum is two museums situated at the same small building: the Gatekeepers Museum and Marion Steinbach Museum. For me, Marion Steinbach Museum is a must see if one is interested in Indian baskets.

The display is organized by region, and has examples from every part of California--even three of the very rare fully feathered baskets made by a few north coastal tribes. The rest of the museum is okay, a bit cluttered with local Taho paraphernalia. Parking is very tight and limited. Glad I had my Subaru and not the F150.

Kids would be okay with it, especially the looped video of a other bear and her cubs. You can be in and out in 30-45 minutes. And it is kind of fun to see the Truckee River where it spills from the lake.

Negotiating any of Tahoe during the busy season is miserable, and this would particularly be so. I would probably use public bus to get here. If I did find a parking place in Tahoe City, I would walk here. One does not need to park in the museum parking lot. There may be picnic areas here; just not sure. There are nearby areas where one can do just that right on the lake.
Written September 24, 2018
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footepath
Aurora, OH5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018
Small , but informative museum. Very friendly staff. Beautiful setting on the lake with lovely gardens.Great venue for a wedding, too.
Written August 19, 2018
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SnmaGal
Santa Rosa, CA252 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
Enjoyed learning about the area especially the exhibit on the 1960 Olympics. Very interesting information on the history of the Lake Tahoe Basin.
Written August 18, 2018
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DisneyCruisingFamily
Floyds Knobs, IN491 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018
We popped into here one morning - paid the entrance fee for the 4 adults and learned all about the Native American history of the area hundreds of years ago. It's a quaint little museum, but has really neat artifacts from the late 1800's , the 1960's Olympics and many examples of authentic Native American baskets.
Written July 21, 2018
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