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 its 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.
  • Training is provided for all positions, and there is no minimum time requirement.
  • Please contact us if you are interested in getting involved!

Captains are responsible for the overall operation of the vessel including safety and navigation. Captains also narrate on-board “history talks” and explain points of interest to passengers while underway. A State of Minnesota Commercial Master’s License is required.


Engineers are responsible for all on-board mechanical systems and operate 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.


Pursers handles lines when Minnehaha approaches and departs the dock, collects tickets and fares while underway, and greets passengers while boarding.

Assistant Pursers assist the Purser with his or her tasks 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 Minnehaha’s boiler and steam engine. Other skills and interests are welcome, too.

Housekeepers ensure that Minnehaha is kept shipshape during the operating season.


The Marketing Committee is responsible for a variety of tasks including phone handling, merchandise sales, publishing the Steamboatin’ News newsletter, and staffing 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.