Due to construction, Museum parking may be limited at the time of your visit. Look for additional parking in free or metered spaces along nearby streets.

A Visual History

Experience one of America’s most beloved landscapes like never before– through the eyes of 175 painters, photographers, architects, basket weavers, and sculptors. Immerse yourself in panoramic landscapes, sail on turquoise waters, soar to breathtaking mountain views. See Lake Tahoe come alive, artfully.

The Nevada Museum of Art has organized the first major art historical survey exhibition of painting, Native baskets, photography, architecture, and contemporary art dedicated to Lake Tahoe, Donner Pass, and the surrounding Sierra Nevada region. TAHOE: A Visual History spans over two centuries of cultural and creative production related to the second deepest freshwater alpine lake in the United States. This historic show features more than 400 artworks.

Exhibition overview and gallery map available HERE


DaɁawɁaga: At the Edge of the Lake

First Euro-American Views

Lake Tahoe’s Golden Age – Nineteenth Century Paintings of the Region

Surmounting Donner Summit – A Symbol of American Progress

Donner Pass and the Harsh Realities of Progress

Tahoe Timber – Industry and the Sound of the Saw

Rise of the Resort – Tahoe and the Leisure Lifestyle

Tahoe Today – An Altered Landscape

Water Woes – Clarity, Conflict & Conservation

Tahoe Documentary

Tahoe Postcards

Washoe Legends

This exhibition is organized by the Nevada Museum of Art and curated by Ann M. Wolfe. It is exclusive to this venue.


It’s impossible to separate Lake Tahoe from Wayne Prim. A beloved and longtime resident, Wayne, along with his wife Miriam, has contributed keen insights, wisdom, fiscal expertise, and extraordinary generosity to numerous educational, cultural, and social services organizations, truly helping to make Lake Tahoe a vibrant and dynamic community.


Premiere Sponsor

Wayne L. Prim and Miriam Prim and the Wayne L. Prim Foundation

Lead Sponsors

Nancy Siebens Binz; EMPLOYERS®; Deborah Day in memory of Theodore J. Day; I. Heidi Loeb Hegerich; IGT; Nancy and Brian Kennedy; The Satre Family Fund at the Community Foundation of Western Nevada; The Ranson and Norma Webster Fund at the Community Foundation of Western Nevada; Wells Fargo

Major Sponsors

The Bretzlaff Foundation; Carol Franc Buck Foundation; Irene and George Drews; The Thelma B. and Thomas P. Hart Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts

Supporting Sponsors

Carole Kilgore Anderson and Family in memory of J. Robert Anderson; Kathie Bartlett and Family in memory of Matthew, Phil, and Syd Bartlett; Denise and Tim Cashman; Chase International Real Estate; Judy and David Collins; Andrea and John Deane; Dolby Family; Susan and Stuart Engs; Leonard and Sara Lafrance; Anne Brockinton Lee and Robert M. Lee; Maureen Mullarkey and Steve Miller; Enid A. Oliver, ChFC, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.; Sandy Raffealli, Bill Pearce Motors

Additional Sponsors

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa; Alan and Jeanne Blach; Caesars Entertainment; Elaine Cardinale; Jan and David Hardie, Hallador Investment Advisors; The Chica Charitable Gift Fund; Claudia Huntington and Marshall B. Miller in honor of William Bliss and Family; Bruce and Nora James; John Hawley Olds La Gatta; Heidi A. Loeb with Joseph and Emily Wieczorek; Charlotte and Dick McConnell; Mercedes-Benz of Reno; RBC Wealth Management; Sari and Ian Rogoff; Camille and Larry Ruvo, and your friends at Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada; Sotheby’s; Jenny and Garrett Z. Sutton; Gigi and Lash Turville; Rick and Karen Wolford; Tahoe Regional Planning Agency; Volunteers in Art

Lead Media Sponsor

RGJ Media

Media Sponsor

Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority

Promotional Support

Getaway Reno Tahoe; KUNR; Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority; Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County; Reno Tahoe International Airport; Summit Shopping Center; Tahoe Blue Vodka; Tahoe Transportation District; Tahoe Quarterly

Educational and Public Planning Support

Dorothy Lemelson