Become a Volunteer

The Museum of Lake Minnetonka is an all-volunteer organization and is only able to operate because of the time and effort put in by our volunteers. We gladly welcome new members to join the team.

  • The MLM offers a wide variety of volunteering opportunities suitable for all persons above the age of 15.
  • Top notch training is provided for all positions, and there is no minimum time requirement.

Please CONTACT US if you are interested in getting involved!


The Captain is responsible for overall operation of the vessel including safety, piloting and navigation. The Captain also narrates, on-board "history talks" and explains points of interest to the passengers while underway. A State of Minnesota Commercial Masters License is required.


The Engineer is responsible for all on-board mechanical systems and operates the oil-fired, 180 psi boiler and double action, triple expansion steam engine. Commands for speed and direction are taken from the Captain through a system of audible bell signals. A State of Minnesota Boiler Operator’s License is required.


The Purser handles the lines as the Minnehaha leaves or approaches the dock, collects tickets and fares while underway, and greets passengers while boarding.

The Purser may wish to work with an Assistant Purser to help with these tasks and to ensure that passengers are having a safe and rewarding cruise..


The winter maintenance crew is responsible for a wide variety of tasks including painting, woodworking, reupholstering seats, maintaining electrical systems, and repairing the Minnehaha’s boiler and steam engine. Other skills and interests are welcome, too.

Housekeepers ensure that the Minnehaha is kept in immaculate condition during the summer.


The Marketing Committee is responsible for a variety of tasks including phone handling, merchandising, publishing a biannual newsletter, and manning the MLM booth at community festivals. Other skills and interests are welcome, too.


The Archives Committee is responsible for preserving and safekeeping the MLM’s collection of historic materials. Interests such as grant writing and historical research also fall into this category.

See volunteers at work - flickr Photo Album