829 Lacey Street SE
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MUSEUM CLOSED THROUGH MAY 3, 2020
Following the Thurston County Board of Health’s declaration of the COVID-19 outbreak as a local emergency, the City of Lacey’s Parks and Recreation Department made the decision to close several facilities, including the Lacey Museum.
Located in the heart of Lacey’s historic neighborhood, discover Lacey’s surprising and fascinating past in the charming 1928 Russell House, once a residence, fire station, and Lacey’s first City Hall.
Upcoming Exhibits at the Lacey Museum
Opening Date TBA
A year of big dreams, big burns and big politics, 1889 captured a place in our history as a time of great prosperity and adversity. The face of Washington changed. Pioneers arrived and townsfolk rebuilt from the rubble. Finally, on November 11, 1889, Washington rose as the 42nd state in the union.
We will explore the life of the pioneers in Lacey during the lead up to statehood, the coming of the railroad and the forming of the community of Lacey. Come and discover Lacey's role in the forming of Washington state!
Washington Women Led the Way
2020 marks the centennial of the 19th amendment to the constitution, giving women the right to vote. Washington women were ahead of the curve by a decade, permanently gaining the right to vote in 1910. It was a long struggle from the first ballots cast by women in Thurston County in 1870.
Current Exhibits (Lacey Museum)
Shaping Our Community Together: 50 Years as a City
Explore the stories that took the small farming community of Woodland and turned it into the city of Lacey we know today. Highlighted topics include education, recreation, diversity and population growth.
Lacey's Resort Era
Lacey was once a vacation hotspot for the region with resorts built up around all of the area lakes. With proximity to the city and the wooded seclusion of the local lakes, Lacey was the perfect place for dancing, camping, fishing, and fun.
Education has always played an important role in the Lacey community. Discover how the one-room Woodland School evolved into the North Thurston Public Schools, the most diverse school district in the county with a population of over 15,000 students.
Current Exhibits (Lacey City Hall)
Totem Pole (Main Lobby)
A gift from the Nisqually Tribe, this pole is a visual reminder of the historic accord signed by the City of Lacey and the Tribe which hangs on the wall nearby.
Shaping Our Community Together (Throughout City Hall)
In honor of Lacey’s 50th anniversary in 2016, these 5 exhibit panels tell the story of Lacey’s growth as a City and a community.
The Lacey Train Depot (City Manager Lobby)
Sitting atop an original railroad baggage cart are artifacts and stories of Lacey's original train depot. This historic site will be the future home of the Lacey Museum.
Lacey Museum Mission
The Museum enriches our community and engages visitors by sharing vibrant stories of the past through the preservation and celebration of Lacey and the South Sound region’s cultural heritage.
Approved by the Lacey Historical Commission on January 16, 2019