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.

Become a member

Volunteers Needed

We need volunteers to help at our archives, which are open every Wednesday from 9AM to noon. There are several opportunities available, from filing and organizing to helping visitors with research. Training is provided.

Please contact us at 952.221.4766 or info@elmhs.org
for more information.


Spring 2015 Newsletter

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

Summer Events on the Lake

Interested in learning more about local history while cruising the waters of Lake Minnetonka?
Join us for one or all of our three different summer programs aboard the Steamboat Minnehaha.

Visit our Events page for tickets and more information.

ELMHS Museum Opening
Our popular museum is opening for the season on Saturday, June 6. Please come for a visit, and try your hand at volunteering!


Email: info@elmhs.org

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