Open Weekends, Wednesdays, and Holidays
April through December
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
402 East Lake Street, Wayzata
For more than 100 years our Great Northern Railway Depot has served as Wayzata’s most iconic landmark. Built to help reconcile relations after a long “feud” between Wayzata and Great Northern chairman James J. Hill, it was designed by Samuel Bartlett in the fashionable English Tudor Revival style. When completed, it was said to be the “handsomest” depot on the entire line and was considered modern with indoor plumbing and a water fountain. Trains serviced the depot with scheduled stops until 1958, when it became a “flag stop” serviced by request only. Great Northern finally closed the depot as an official stop in 1971 and donated it to the City of Wayzata in 1972. The depot was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981 and is now home to the Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce and the Wayzata Historical Society’s Depot Museum.
What to expect
- Historic depot waiting room and stationmaster’s office
- Seven-panel history timeline of Wayzata
- Wayzata, Lake Minnetonka, and railroad memorabilia
- Garden railroad display
- Train viewing area
- Steamboat Minnehaha excursions (visit steamboatminnehaha.org for more information)