The T-Files: The Search for Tessie

May 25, 2018 – April 30, 2019


Inspired by the 1990s hit series The X-Files, the Center’s own The T-Files : the Search for Tessie captures the human need to pursue and study the unknown, the mysterious and that which has yet to be proven. This area of interest is often categorized as the pseudoscience: cryptozoology. Lake Tahoe has its own “cryptid,” or unproven creature, in the form of Tahoe Tessie, but in the world of lake monsters, Tessie is not alone.

There are, in fact, tales of aquatic monsters in lakes, rivers, estuaries and coastal waters all around the world. Many stories are recent and mostly just tales created to entice tourists, but many have an ancient lineage. The focus of The T-Files: the Search for Tessie, is to recount the stories of monsters that have a significant history, such as myths, beliefs and sightings passed down from indigenous peoples, medieval travelers or reputable explorers! Along the way, the museum invites visitors to join us in the search for Lake Tahoe’s own monster, Tahoe Tessie. Does she exist? Believers say yes, skeptics say no. That is the destiny of most water monsters; only definitely alive in the minds of those who “want to believe.”

 ** Opening night reception will be held: Friday, May 25, 2018. Further details will be posted on our events page.

**To fully appreciate this exhibit, please download a QR reader such as: Smart Scan –QR & Barcode Scanner (free) before your visit.


Please visit the links below:

Paul Whiteman Orchestra – The Ogo-Pogo


Footage of the Lake Champlain Monster? You decide!


Mokèlé mbèmbé footage…or swimming Elephant?


Trailer for the 2016 independent film, “Red Billabong.”


Daring Do fight Ahuitzotl’s minions!


The Smithsonian’s Titanoboa Channel





Dealers of Dreams

May 25, 2018 – April 30, 2019

Lake Tahoe holds a special place in the hearts of many. So popular was the Lake among boaters that many local marinas partnered with some of the most prestigious builders in the country, in order to satisfy the needs of the Tahoe boating community.  For other Tahoe boaters, only a California boat would do, with her first, and often, only home being Lake Tahoe. This exhibition explores the special relationship between boats, buyers, and Tahoe, and the people that brought them together!

** Opening night reception will be held: Friday, May 25, 2018. Further details will be posted on our events page.

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