Gatekeeper’s Museum & Marion Steinbach Indian Basket Museum

Lake Tahoe

In a reconstructed log cabin close to town, this museum has a small but fascinating collection of Tahoe memorabilia, including Olympics history and relics from the early steamboat era and tourism explosion around the lake. In the museum’s newer wing, uncover an exquisite array of Native American baskets collected from over 85 indigenous California tribes.

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