About Us

Formerly the Muskegon County Museum, the Lakeshore Museum Center is proud to present its new name and logo. We want everyone to know that our institution is made up of multiple sites and buildings. In addition to the natural and cultural history museum, we have the Hackley and Hume Historic Site, the Fire Barn Museum, the Scolnik House of the Depression Era, the Archives and much more!

The mission of the LakeshoreMuseumCenter is to preserve and interpret through exhibits, education, and programs the natural and cultural history of Muskegon County.

Historic Sites History

In 1986, the Lakeshore Museum Center (LMC) acquired the Hackley and Hume Houses, the City Barn, and a millage to help fund its operations and the restoration of the Hackley and Hume Historic Site. Basic restoration of the buildings began immediately, but extensive restoration did not begin until the 1990s. The Hume House was chosen as the location for the 1990 Decorator's Show House and restoration work was done in preparation of the event. Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, restoration of the Hackley House returned it to its former glory.

In 1989, LMC acquired the Fire Barn Museum, a replica of the Charles H. Hackley Hose Company No.2. The Muskegon Heritage Society and the City of Muskegon joined forces to build the re-creation of the C. H. Hackley Hose Company No. 2 building as a bicentennial project in 1976. It became LMC's second historic site.

LMC purchased the Sophie Zemke house in the early 2000s. Extensive structural restoration was done early on and asthetic restoration took place in 2005 and 2006. In 2007, LMC opened the Scolnik House of the Depression Era as its third historic site.

The Historic Sites are located at the following addresses:

  • Hackley and Hume - 484 W. Webster Ave. Muskegon, MI 49440
  • Scolnik House - 504 W. Clay Ave. Muskegon, MI 49440
  • Fire Barn Museum - 510 W. Clay Ave. Muskegon, MI 49440