Each site has been decorated for the holidays by members of local civic organizations, and museum volunteers and staff — reflecting time periods from the late 1800s to the 1930s.
The homes of Charles and Julia Hackley and Thomas and Margaret Hume have been decorated to tell the story of how holidays were celebrated in the late 19th century. The tours also include the Fire Barn Museum, decorated to reflect the late 1800s; and the Scolnik House, decorated for Depression-era holidays.
Horse-drawn carriage rides will transport visitors between the two houses from 5-8 p.m. this Friday and Saturday. Daytime tours will begin Sunday.
Tours will continue from noon to 4 p.m. on Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18. Tours will also be offered between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays on Wednesday, Dec. 28; and Thursday, Dec. 29, also from noon to 4 p.m.
Guides will be stationed throughout the historic sites to interpret the decorations for visitors.
The cost of a tour at the Hackley and Hume Historic Site is $3 for visitors ages 13 and older; guests ages 12 and younger are admitted free. It is located on West Webster Avenue at Sixth Street in downtown Muskegon. Tours begin in the City Barn, where the Museum Store is located.
There is no admission charge at the Scolnik House, 504 W. Clay; or at the Fire Barn Museum, located next door at 510 W. Clay Ave.
For more information, call 231-722-0278 or visit www.lakeshoremuseum.org.