Historical resources for Deephaven, Excelsior, Greenwood, Shorewood and Tonka Bay, Minnesota.

Founded in 1972
, the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society serves the communities of Deephaven, Excelsior, Greenwood, Shorewood, and Tonka Bay. 

The Society’s museum and archives are free and open to the public, and hold the largest collection of historic artifacts and documents in the area. 

A number of books about Lake Minnetonka history have been published by the Society, and are available for purchase from the Society On-Line and in local bookstores. 

The Society also presents lectures and programs on topics of local historical interest throughout the year.

Our Mission
  • To preserve, document and classify the physical history of the Lake Minnetonka area. 

  • To provide a means by which everyone can share in the history of the lake area. 

  • To stimulate interest in the cultural heritage of the area.

Become a member

Museum Volunteers Needed

We need volunteers to help at the museum on Thursdays and Satudays this summer. You can sign-up online by following three easy steps. The museum opens Saturday, June 7 for the season.

1. Visit the VolunteerSpot website
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. You can also call Kathy at 612-419-7296 to register.


Spring 2014 Newsletter

Upcoming Events -
Summer 2014

Tapping History:
Pints & Reflections on Lake Minnetonka's Past.

Next gathering:
Monday, August 11, 6:45PM aboard the Steamboat Minnehaha

Boat Tour of the Historic Hotels and Boarding Houses of lower Lake Minnetonka

Scott McGinnis will join us for a cruise on the steamer Minnehaha to highlight the great hotels and boarding houses that dotted the lake around Excelsior. McGinnis is a local historian and author of Excelsior’s Waterfront and A Directory of Old Boats.

Tickets are $20 for ELMHS members and $30 for non-members.

Reservations are limited.
To purchase tickets, call 952-221-4766, or
click here to purchase online.


Email: info@elmhs.org

Post Office Box 305
Excelsior, MN 55331
Phone: (952) 221-4766