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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.

We tell vibrant stories of Lacey and the South Sound’s past through exhibits, guided tours and walks, history talks, programs and more. We also have a wealth of information and thousands of historic photographs to help you in your own interest and research.

The Lacey Museum is part of the City of Lacey’s Parks, Culture & Recreation Department.

Temporary Exhibit

June 1-December 1, 2022

Lacey Museum & Lacey City Hall

Change was in the air. Everywhere. From Saigon to Seattle, Paris to Pasco. On college campuses, the campaign trail and evergreen peaks, Washingtonians were spurred to action. It was the year when Vietnam, civil rights, women’s liberation and conservation coalesced—the year when tragedy led the 6 o’clock news with numbing regularity.

1968: The Year That Rocked Washington is a series of online stories and an exhibit that documents how 1968 changed us in ways still rippling through our society a half-century later.

Here are a few of the people you’ll meet:

  • Karen Fraser, Lacey’s first female mayor
  • Nat & Thelma Jackson, Black activists from Lacey
  • Tom Robbins, author of Another Roadside Attraction and other bestselling novels

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Core Exhibitions

Shaping Our Community Together: 50 Years as a City

Lacey Museum and Lacey City Hall

Explore the stories that took the small farming community of Woodland and turned it into the city of Lacey we know today.

Find out why you leave and enter Lacey multiple times on Martin Way, what finally forced the residents of Lacey to create a new city, and how Lacey got its name.

Destination: Lacey!

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In the 1920s, Lacey’s five lakes became a destination for regional vacationers. Entrepreneurial locals developed their property with attractions like water slides, high dives, dance halls, and roller skating rinks. Discover more about this fascinating time in Lacey’s history and what happened to the 20 resorts that dotted the shores of Lacey’s lakes.

Learning in Lacey

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From its first one-room schoolhouse in 1853 to the largest school district in the county, education has always been an important part of the fabric of the Lacey community. Take a nostalgic trip through the school room, including trying out a slate chalkboard or sitting in school desks from a bygone age.

Saint Martin’s University and the adjoining abbey have been a focal point of the Lacey community since it opened in 1895.

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