Historic Sites in Muskegon

The Historic Sites division of the Lakeshore Museum Center is made up of five historic structures: The Hackley House, Hume House, City Barn, the Fire Barn Museum, and the Scolnik House of the Depression Era. They are open for the season from May – October, with holiday tours at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The Hackley and Hume Historic Site

This site includes the Queen Anne style Victorian homes of Muskegon Lumber Barons Charles Hackley and Thomas Hume. The Hackley House, interpreted to 1890, shows what life was like for one of Muskegon’s most well-known citizens. The Hume House, interpreted to 1920, shows the life of a wealthy family after the lumbering era. The City Barn combines exhibit space and a gift shop.

The Scolnik House of the Depression Era

This light touch house museum depicts a single family home that was been divided into two apartments during the Great Depression. From bed rolls to a party line telephone,  visitors are immersed in the 1930s. Just a half block from the Hackley & Hume Site.

The Fire Barn Museum

Located next door to the Scolnik House of the Depression Era, the Fire Barn showcases firefighting equipment from the 1880s through the present day.  The structure, a replica built in 1976, is modeled after the Hackley Hose Company #2, an early fire station funded by Charles Hackley. The second floor hosts a vignette showing the sleeping quarters of the original fire fighters of Hackley Hose Company #2.


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  • Muskegon Fire Barn

    Fire Barn Museum

    The Fire Barn Museum is open May through October. Like most cities in the 19th century, fire was a constant fear and problem for Muskegon. After devastating fires in 1871 and 1874, the City of Muskegon constructed a firehouse on the northwest corner of Seventh Street and Webster Avenue. The original C. H. Hackley Hose […]

  • Exterior of Scolnik House

    Scolnik House of the Depression Era

    The Scolnik House of the Depression Era is open May through October. The Scolnik House of the Depression Era tells the story of families living in Muskegon during the Great Depression. The house has undergone an extensive renovation and includes period appropriate carpet, paint and linoleum flooring, period-appropriate wallpaper, furniture in a variety of styles, […]

  • Hackley House Exterior, Hackley & Hume Homes

    Hackley & Hume Historic Site

    The Hackley & Hume Historic Site is open May through October. Hackley House Charles H. Hackley hired David S. Hopkins of Grand Rapids to design and build the magnificent houses and City Barn for Hackley and his partner Thomas Hume with construction taking place between 1887 and 1889. Structurally restored to its 1890s appearance, the […]