The Legacy of the Lakes Museum in Alexandria is open for the season on May 23 with a mix of new exhibits, old favorites and an updated look. Over the winter, the Museum installed new lighting to better showcase its antique wooden and fiberglass boats, exhibits featuring classic Minnesota resorts, the popular fishing gallery and an expanded exhibit of Minnesota boat builders.
This year’s new exhibits will include:
- Renowned wildlife and nature photographer Jim Brandenburg of Duluth returns with a beautiful 44-photo display, “Touch the Sky,” featuring photographs of Midwestern prairies. This exhibit will be on display only in 2017. It is funded in part by a grant from the Lake Region Arts Council through a Minnesota State legislative appropriation.
- Launches: a display of six classic examples of turn-of-the-century launches, including naphta-, steam- and electric-powered examples. Launches were used both as tenders to luxury boats and as cruise boats. Those on display include three on loan from well-known collector Lee R. Anderson (Mineta, Royaleze and Arezoo); Dungeness, owned by Carl Mammel of Alexandria; Stella, which is in the Museum’s permanent collection; and Frieda, on loan from Dee and Jim Lawrence. Also on display will be a 1911 5 hp single cylinder car made in France.
- Minnesota Boat Builders, opening early June, is dedicated to Minnesota’s home-grown boat building industry.
- Resort of the Year: Lutsen Resort – Each year the Museum honors a Minnesota resort, alternating between Alexandria-area resorts and others across the state. Lutsen Resort, on the North Shore of Lake Superior, is featured this year – come learn about its fascinating Scandinavian history.
The Legacy of the Lakes Museum and Gardens is dedicated to preserving and celebrating lake traditions and legacies through exhibitions, education and collections of antique and classic watercraft, resort memorabilia and sporting equipment used on Minnesota lakes. The museum is open May 23 – Oct. 31, Monday-Friday from 10 am – 5 pm, Saturday 10 am – 4 pm and Sunday noon – 4 pm. The Legacy Gardens, featuring walkways, water features and native plantings, is included in Museum admission. The Gardens also hosts a series of Friday night summer concerts that will begin in July. See you this season at the museum!