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‚Äôs 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


Download our walking tour brochure of Excelsior,
and take a self-guided tour
of our town.

Click here to download and open our Fall 2015 News letter, The Harborage.

Tapping History for December 2015:
Saved Homes of Excelsior

Architect and builder Jon Monson of the Landschute Group will detail recent preservation projects involving historic homes of Excelsior. Monson will share how and why he preserved these historic properties, and how the work of Landschute has inspired others to do the same.

Email: info@elmhs.org

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