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


Tapping  History,
Monday October 12 at 7PM:
Tourism of Lake Minnetonka with Scott McGinnis

Tourism near Lake Minnetonka boomed after the Civil War, bringing with it large hotels, streetcars, steamboats and, eventually, an amusement park.

Historian Scott McGinnis will explore the rise and fall of the hotel and tourism industry at Lake Minnetonka.

Excelsior Brewery
421 Third Street
Free and open to the public


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

Visit the
BOOseum and
take a ride on the Ghost Trolley!

Friday, October 23 &
Saturday, October 24
6PM to 9PM
downtown Excelsior

Featuring live music,
costume parade,
haunted museum, and more!

Click here
to download our flyer
for more information.

Want to volunteer?
Email us at info@elmhs.org.

All proceeds benefit the ELMHS.


Email: info@elmhs.org

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