Father Marquette National Memorial and Museum

Father Marquette National Memorial and Museum

Father Marquette National Memorial and Museum
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8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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The memorial chronicles the story of the 17th-century missionary-explorer, and his contributions to both the French and Native American cultures deep in the North American wilderness.
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4.0 of 5 bubbles66 reviews
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Hawk T
5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Park service is to lazy to bother putting up flags this year. Go there 4-5 times a week as I don't live far from there.
Couldn't even bother to put flags up over the July 4th weekend!
Written August 10, 2023
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djc-snowman
Ashtabula, OH92 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Couples
This exhibit really brings to life the history of both Fr Marquette and the French Jesuits who were the first European explorers to reach the Straits area. When the excellent views of the bridge are added in its a very pleasant way to spend 30-40 minutes.
Written October 15, 2015
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tymetraveler222
Bay City, MI6,754 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The Father Marquette National Memorial is a tribute to the French missionary who served the Great Lakes area (and beyond) during the mid-1660's. He helped guide the French and Indian alliances during this time. Free. Very quiet here. Interpretive trail; good views of Mackinac Bridge. Used to be a decent little museum here, and I thought they had rebuilt it. No so, and that is unfortunate. Thus the "average" rating.
Written September 4, 2007
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lilac
41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
We ran across this location while staying in the area. Stopped to use the restrooms and spent an hour as we found it so interesting. We walked the entire paths in the evening on a summer evening and not only enjoyed the history, but the nature paths. Had nice shade, we found thot many folks there and consider it a bonus to our trip. We will go again when in the area. Although we read the history our last visit, it is such a nice place to end a day with a relaxing walk with nature.
Written June 23, 2019
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Joanne S
Whitesboro, NY429 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
Lovely trails, but the memorial is a shell of a building with some posters telling you about the life and death of Father Marquette. Not my cup of tea.
Written September 28, 2018
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Jennifer G
Grand Rapids, MI175 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Family
When I was a kid my parents brought me here and I wanted to do the same with my children. Well, I guess there was a fire years ago and most of the interesting things were lost in the fire. They rebuilt some of it, but now it is a shaded cement circle with benches lining the walls and a button you press to hear the story of Father Marquette. In the middle of the building there is a map set into the floor detaining his journey.

We walked the trails a bit and read the informational plaques about how trees and plants were used by the Native American tribes years ago. If I had to do it over, I would skip this and go to the museum in St. Ignace instead.

On the plus side, there is PLENTY of parking because nobody goes there and it is free. If you want quiet seclusion among nature and yet be near to town, you might enjoy this memorial.
Written August 9, 2013
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Ryan B
East Lansing, MI6 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Memorial is underwhelming. The view of the bridge is great but the view from Straits State Park on the other side of I-75 is at least as good.
Written July 22, 2023
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Cam D
Grand Rapids, United States123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Family
Several years ago my family and I visited the Father Marquette National Memorial. I was surprised at the update. The site contains many interesting facts about this missionary in a modern format. A great stop for all history buffs and travelers alike.
Written August 3, 2019
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand3,952 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
A bit difficult to find, within the confines of a state park, but nice surrounds. Good views of Mackinac Bridge from looking out over the straits. Lots of parking.
Written July 23, 2019
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New signage and park improvements are in the planning stages now. Visit Michigan.gov/MarquetteMemorial to find out more about the Straits of Mackinac Heritage Center project. Glad you were able to find it and enjoy the views of the Mackinac Bridge.
Written July 29, 2019
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DaaayyyTripper
Grand Rapids, MI80 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
I think other people have already covered it. If you like history, it's fine - if not, could be boring. Always weird and a little disturbing to read white European men's accounts of Native Americans, especially those of men on missions to save souls. The walk is pleasant and the bathroom was clean, a few utilitarian reasons to drop by.
Written October 3, 2018
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