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 special events around the holidays. They are located in downtown Muskegon on Webster and Clay Avenues.

The Hackley and Hume Historic Site

This site includes both the Hackley and Hume houses and the City Barn. The Queen Anne style Victorian homes of Muskegon Lumber Barons Charles Hackley and Thomas Hume sit on three lots at the corner of 6th Street and Webster Ave. The Hackley House, interpreted to 1890, shows what life was like for one of Muskegon’s most famous citizens. The Hume House, interpreted to 1920, shows the life of a wealthy family after lumbering. The City Barn combines exhibit space, gift shop, and Visitors Center.

The Scolnik House of the Depression Era

Located only one block northwest on Clay Avenue, depicts a single family home that has been divided into two departments during the Great Depression. From bed rolls to a party line telephone, this hands-on house museum immerses visitors in the 1930s.

The Fire Barn Museum

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

  • 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 […]

  • 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 & Hume Historic Sites

    The Hackley & Hume Historic Sites are open May through October. Hackley House In 1887, Charles H. Hackley purchased the lots on which the Hackley & Hume Historic Site now stands. He immediately sold one and one-half of these lots to his business partner, Thomas Hume. Charles H. Hackley hired David S. Hopkins of Grand […]