Founded in 1969 by a group of locals concerned with preserving the history of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding area, the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society restored the Gatekeepers Cabin and hosts the Gatekeepers Museum, which displays local artifacts.
The NLTHS is made up of 3 museums that measure over 3,000 of exhibit space. The Gatekeepers Museum includes an eclectic collection of photographs, oral histories, maps, and other artifacts. The Marion Steinbach Indian Basket Museum exhibits over 800 baskets and other Indian artifacts. The Watson Cabin is the third museum and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was constructed in 1906 and currently serves to showcase pioneer life.
The Watson Cabin is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The other two museums open year round from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily (except for Tuesday).
An hour drive away from Reno-Tahoe International Airport, the museums sit near the intersection where W River Blvd., N Lake Blvd., and W Lake Blvd. come together. During the summer months, visitors can also enjoy river rafting at Truckee River Raft Co., located just 3 miles southwest of Lakeview Cross Country ski area. Other nearby attractions include Tahoe State Recreation Area and Tahoe City Kayak.