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.


Fall 2014 Newsletter

Upcoming Events -
Fall 2014

Fairly Haunted BOOseum and Ghost Trolley
Friday & Saturday, October 24 - 25 from 6PM to 9PM in downtown Excelsior

Food, fun, a kids' talent show and costume contest and of course, our famous haunted museum and trolley ride.
$5 kids under 12,
$7 kids 12 and up

If your child is interested in sharing a talent, if you want to volunteer (we can use a hand!), or if you have any questions, please contact us at booseum@elmhs.org.

Tapping History:
Water Street USA
Monday, November 10 at 7PM
Excelsior Brewery,
421 Third Street

As Excelsior's Water Street bristles with new changes, proprietors of Leipold’s, Darel and LaVerna Leipold, will open up their vast private collection of historic photos to show how Water Street has changed, and in many ways resisted change, over the last century and more.

Join us at the Excelsior Brewery at 7PM for this free program.



Email: info@elmhs.org

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