Lake Tahoe History Museum & Osgood Toll House
The Lake Tahoe Historical Museum is a one room museum that includes two historic buildings, next door. For most of the year, the museum is only open on Saturdays 11 am to 3 pm, but in the Summers it is normally open Wednesday through Sunday 11 am to 3 pm. Additionally, in the Summers they sometimes conduct guided tours of the adjacent log cabin that was built in the 1930s. Call for details. In spite of its small size, the museum presents quite an array of different artifacts. They have an old mechanical slot machine that was donated by the Harvey's Casino when it converted to using electronic devices. The machine still works, but because it is on the California side of the border where gambling is illegal, you can put your coins in and spin the wheels, but no money will come out even if you win. They have an exhibit about the Pony Express with an example of the saddle bags used. They have exhibits of woven baskets, wooden skiing equipment, a glove making factory, and many of the commonplace items used by early pioneers. The one hour video covers the history of settlers in the Tahoe area and is well worth watching. Don't plan on spending all day here, because it is only a one room museum, but it is worth an hour or two of your time.
The other historic building is the Osgood Toll House, the oldest standing structure in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Unfortunately, it is in serious disrepair and may only be viewed from the outside.