Tallac Historic Site

The Tallac Historic Site is comprised of the Baldwin Estate, the Pope Estate and Valhalla.  The entire site is open daily during the summer months.  Tahoe Heritage Foundation works with the United States Forest Service to operate programs and events at both the Baldwin and Pope Estates.  Valhalla is operated by  ValhallaTahoe, for more information contact them at  www.valhallatahoe.com.

baldwin museum

Baldwin Museum
at the Tallac Site

The Place to Start:  Exhibits include an introductory video which acquaints the visitor with early life at Tahoe,  a 1930s kitchen, children’s games and toys or yesteryear, the Baldwin Room, and the Washoe Room.  The Museum Gift Shop sells merchandise interpretive of the period and tickets to regular programs and events.

To purchase tickets for programs and special tours  at the Tallac Site

Call 530-541-5227


Museum closes September 20th

pope house tours

Pope House Tour

A perfect way to see how the rich and famous lived while at Lake Tahoe, from the separate kitchen to the elegantly restored formal dining room.   This docent guided tour takes approximately and hour and is filled with stories of early times.

$10 Adult       

Child 12 and under $5  (free if the child will be carried)

May 23rd – June 19, 2015
1pm & 2:30pm except Wednesdays

June 20 – September 7, 2015
11am, 1pm, 2:30pm except on Wednesdays

September 8 – September 13, 2015
1pm, 2:30pm except on Wednesdays


Site Tour

Meander through time, learning about the early development of the estate buildings and gardens as well as the reintroduced historic Washoe garden.  Imagine yourself spending your days and nights at Tahoe in splendor.

Month of September as staffing allows


Self-guided or private tours can be arranged at Baldwin Museum

Mobile Device Site Tour

Stroll through the entire Tallac Historic Site using your smartphone or other mobile device to learn about the site’s history, buildings, and people.

Click here to start.


Available May 23 through September 20, 2015


Kitchen Kids

If Grandma wanted a cookie she had to start from scratch.  She might even have had to milk a cow or collect an egg.  Come learn how she did it as you make and bake in 1920s’ style.  When finished, feast on your accomplishment.

$10 per child

Wednesday’s June 24 – August 19, 2015


Friday’s June 27 – August 21, 2015


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Servants Tour

Learn the stories of the many servants that followed their families to Lake Tahoe each summer:  maids, butlers, nannies, tutors, cooks, gardeners, the blacksmith, the seamstress and others.

$5 per person

Wednesdays June 10 – August 26, 2015

11:00am and 2:30pm

Saturdays June 13 – August 29, 2015




Afternoon with Anita

Meet Anita Baldwin for some light refreshements while she tells you stories of the Tallac Casino and Resort.  She recounts her adventures as the daughter of the infamous Lucky Baldwin.

$10 per person

Wednesdays July 15th, July 29th, August 19th, 2015


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Tea with Mrs. Tevis

Join Mrs. Tevis on the porch of the Tevis Pope Estate to hear about her live, the estate and explore her aboritum while enjoying light refreshment.  This is an outdoor program; quiet pets are welcome.

$10 per person

Wednesdays June 24th, July 8th, & Aug. 12th, 2015


Vintage Vatican

Vintage Vatican

Step back in time as you tour the Pope House with Mrs. Pope.  Enjoy the view, sip the bubbly, and sample period appetizers.  Imagine yourself as a guest of Mrs. Pope on a summer afternoon.

$15 per person

Saturdays June 27th, July 11th, July 18th, August 1st, August 15th, 2015



Blacksmith Shop

Experienced blacksmiths operate the blacksmith shop many days during the summer.  They make forged items, fire pokers, marshmallow forks, soup ladles which are sold in the Baldwin Museum.


Check for times at Baldwin Museum


Gourd Workshop

Summer Volunteers,  Bob and Leilani Thornburg, are experienced at making banjos out of gourds.  While at the Tallac Site they make not only banjos, but bird feeders, shakers, drums and other item to sell to help support the Site.

Times TBA

Special Tours

All programs can be specially arranged for groups of 6 or more.  Great for larger families, kid or adult birthdays, or when your group can’t make a specified time.  Call the Baldwin Museum 530-541-5227  for more information. Prior to May 23rd, please call THF 530-544-7383.

Reservations & tickets available at the Baldwin Museum.

 All fees are used by the  Tahoe Heritage  Foundation to further Tallac Site programs and restorations. Thank you

The Gatsby Festival, Tea and Fashion Show


The Gatsby Festival is a two-day event at the Tallac Historic Site held each year the second weekend in August. Throughtout the weekend a variety of activities take place on the Pope and Baldwin Estates.  Read more about “All About Gatsby”.