A RICH HISTORY
At first glance, Lacey may seem like a relatively new community. Although not incorporated as a city until 1966, American settlement began in the 1840s and by the 1890s, it was a thriving farming and logging community boasting a train station, hotel, post office, store and nationally renowned horse racing facility.
The history of the Lacey area did not begin with settlement. For ten thousand years before Europeans or Americans traveled to this area, First Nation people used and protected this land. Learn more about the history of the Nisqually Tribe and the history of the Squaxin Tribe in their own words.
The Lacey Museum was established to further the preservation and interpretation of Lacey’s history through exhibits, historical publications, educational programming, and research activities.
Try these links to plan your visit, book a presentation, learn about museum resources, access our online collection, check out upcoming events or book a group tour.
For more information, including how to get involved in the Lacey Historical Commission or to become a volunteer, please contact us.
A NEW HOME
It's true - the museum has outgrown its space! Our current building is only 1600 sf and it is not possible to hold even one classroom of children or host programming inside. Our collections are stored in seven locations throughout the city. We are ready to do more for the Lacey community.
Our new property is at 5700 Lacey Blvd. Learn more about the new museum project.