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Lake Minnetonka Regional Park is the perfect place for families to enjoy a Saturday afternoon. Bring a picnic and enjoy a lakeside lunch. Learn more...

Noerenberg Gardens

Situated on the north shore of Lake Minnetonka’s majestic Crystal Bay, Noerenberg Memorial Gardens offers a tranquil retreat to the quiet elegance and grace of days gone by. A favorite subject for local artists and an idyllic location for weddings. Learn more...


History Resources

Learn more about the history of Lake Minnetonka

Some excellent resources for Lake Minnetonka historical information.


The Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society


  • 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.

Mailing address:

Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society
Post Office Box 305
Excelsior, MN 55331

Phone: (952) 221-4766

Web: www.elmhs.org.


The Minnetonka Historical Society

The Minnetonka Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Minnetonka's past.
The Minnetonka Historical Society is located at the Burwell House, in the heart of Historic Minnetonka Mills.

Mailing address:

Minnetonka Historical Society
C/O City of Minnetonka
14600 Minnetonka Boulevard, 
Minnetonka, MN 55345

Phone: (952) 930-3962

Web: www.minnetonka-history.org.


The Wayzata Historical Society

The mission of the Wayzata Historical Society is to gather written and photographic memorabilia about Wayzata, to document histories through interviewing long-time residents, as well as to do research on the evolution of neighborhoods, schools, churches, businesses, and modes of transportation.


Located at the Wayzata Depot, 402 East Lake Street in Downtown Wayzata. Open April through December on Wednesday, Weekend & Holiday afternoons, Noon until 4:00 pm.

Phone: (952) 743-3631

Web: www.wayzatahistoricalsociety.org.

The Westonka Historical Society

We are a Historical Society that represents Minnetrista, Mound, Spring Park and Orono (Navarre) and parts of Minnetonka Beach that was organized in the mid-1960s.

We have history of the lake area and the hotels in our area from the past, as well as history of the Andrews Sisters that spent their summers in Mound.

We have the histories of several long-time residents and businesses in our area, and continue to collect this information. We publish 4 newsletters a year, and our museum is open every Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Address: 5341 Maywood Road, Mound, Mn

Phone: (952) 472-9800

Web: www.westonkahistoricalsociety.org



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Lake Minnetonka: An area steeped in history

From the days when Dakota Indians inhabited her shores, leaving behind ancient burial mounds which are still visible today, to the era of the steam locomotive and the paddle wheeler when grand Victorian hotels and amusement parks stood proudly on her banks, there has always been something alluring about this enchanted body of water. Learn more...