Our History

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Education to secure the future

Conservation to protect the past

Our Mission:
To Preserve Lace and the Art of Lace Making
To Exhibit Lace and its Historical Use
To Offer Instruction in All Facets of Lace Making

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.

The Lace Museum was incorporated in 1981 and is a non-profit organization. It is a teaching museum administered by a Board of Directors and is staffed entirely by volunteers. 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.

Quarterly exhibits demonstrate the breadth of the museum's holdings. Classes and lectures are sponsored by the Lace Museum Guild whose membership is open to the public. Exhibits 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 exists solely through the donations of individuals, revenue from the gift shop, and revenue from the classes conducted by the Guild. The Lace Museum Guild has grown to include over 100 members worldwide. If you are interested in supporting the Lace Museum, please click on the How to Support link.

  • Associates
  • Board of Directors

The Lace Museum is associated with:

American Alliance of Museums

California Association of Museums

Chartered member of International Organization of Lace, Inc.

Organisation Internationale de la Dentelle au Fuseau et a ─żAiguille

The Lace Museum Board of Directors

Karen Alger

Kimberly Davis
Paula Harten
Teresa Mize
Eleanore Schwartz