To Preserve Lace and the Art of Lace Making: The museum houses approximately 10,000 pieces of lace that have been donated over the years. Many types of lace, lace-making tools and books that date back as far as the 1700's can be found in the museum.
To Exhibit Lace and its Historical Use: Every four months, the museum arranges a new major exhibit to demonstrate the breadth of its holdings.
To Offer Instruction in All Facets of Lace Making: Ongoing classes and workshops are offered year round. Demonstrations at local craft fairs help educate the public about lace making. Museum volunteers take lace making projects for children into area schools.
The Lace Museum was founded in 1976 in the San Francisco Bay Area in California by a small group of women in order to preserve the art of lace making. By meeting regularly, the founding members were able to teach each other lace making techniques, teach other groups and individuals how to make lace, and to educate the community about the fine art of lace making through exhibits, shows and community events.
Please visit our memorial page for one of our co-founders, Gracie Larsen.
The Lace Museum was incorporated in 1981 as a non-profit organization administered by a Board of Directors and is staffed entirely by volunteers. It is supported by donations, Friends of the Museum, and sales from the gift shop.