Museum open July and August : Thurs, Fri, and Sat from 11AM to 3PM

The Land O' Lakes Historical Society

The Land O' Lakes Historical Society has been around for a few years, but as of 2000, we now have our very own museum building. We also have new   motivation to research, exhibit, and preserve Vilas area history.

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October 24, 2019 "Mystery at the Museum."  LOLA's Readers Theater performance, 7-8PM at the Northwaters Museum.  You can watch the recording of this creative performance at

Fish & Fowl Film Festival,  Meet LOL historical characters.
Bent’s Camp famous fish fry plus historic films; September date is usually near LOL Colorama weekend.  Time to be announced. Tickets sold in advance or at the door.

2020 Museum Exhibit

Gateway Inn & Hotel, The Big Band Era

This new exhibit will feature this historic lodge in its hay day during the Big Band Era.  The Gateway Lodge was built by radio and theatre magnate John King of Detroit, Michigan.  Through King's affiliations in the entertainment industry, he brought many well-known figures to stay and play at the lodge, including Bob Hope, Lawrence Welk, movie star Mitzi Gaynor and the comedy team of Bud Abbot & Lou Costello.

Past Museum Exhibit