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Address: 334 N State St, Saint Ignace, MI 49781-1425
Phone Number: +1 906-643-6627
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Fort De Buade Complex: Museum, Gift Shop, Art Galleries, & Heritage...

Fort De Buade Complex: Museum, Gift Shop, Art Galleries, & Heritage Center

Over 6,700 sq. Ft. And 3,500 artifacts depict the cultural development of the Michilimackinac area through the eyes of the Anishinaabe people.

Huge display of Native, French, British and American Military and Indian weaponry.

The "Newberry Tablets" as seen on the History Channel.

"Captured Spirits", an exquisite and complete exhibit of The McKenney - Hall Lithographs of Native American dignitaries.

Admission to museum is by donation.

Captured Spirits Exhibit: $7/Adults, $5/Students & Seniors, Children under 12/FREE.

Open Memorial Day Weekend - October 4, 2014

Post Labor Day Hours: Tues-Sat 10-6, Sun Noon-4

Closed Monday.

Tours and groups by appointment.

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Interesting perspective on l;ocal Native Americans

This is a small museum . It shows some history of the area as well as local Native Americans. There are individuals available throughout the museum to answer questions and give... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 23, 2016
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Florissant
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016

This is a small museum . It shows some history of the area as well as local Native Americans. There are individuals available throughout the museum to answer questions and give explanations. It is all on the ground floor. The gift shop offers local arts and crafts.

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Ashtabula, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

We went in on a Saturday morning and they had a free concert of celtic-type music. It was nice and we listened for 20-30 minutes. The exhibits are very well done--mostly of the French priests, explorers and Ojibwe people. You can leave a donation if you wish and I highly recommend doing so.

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Troy, MI
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016

We wandered into the Museum while walking downtown St. Ignace. We were both surprised with the size of the collection. Admission is by donation with a suggested $5 level. No problem - worth it. As a life long Michigan resident, I'm always amazed how much I can learn from even the most modest collection. They have done a fine job.

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016

We spent about an hour in museum before it closed. There is a lot of information here. GReat displays. However, if real history buff, you may want to make sure you have more than couple hours in order to see everything.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016

This was our first visit to the "UP" (upper peninsula). We thought this museum was a great introduction to the local color, history and general background of the area. The museum is free but they do ask for a donation - well worth it! There is easy parking on the street and a small but very nice gift shop selling... More 

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Laingsburg
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016

we decided to stop here on a whim. It was very interesting and informative. We were very impressed and will go again

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

At first it does look like it would be much. It is located in a strip mall surrounded by gift shops. Take the time to go in and through the museum and finish with some local made items in the gift shop.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016

My husband and I with our 7 year old grandson stopped in on a rainy afternoon.What an unexpected delight! We were all amazed by this wonderful gem of a museum.The gift shop is also unique and interesting.We spoke with a curator who really went out of her way for us.We also had a really nice conversation with the gift shop... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2016

my first time in the up and im a big history buff. i loved the shop but i also loved that there open late and i can go in for a late stroll and cheek out all the history stuff

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Marion, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2016

If you're stopping in Saint Ignace you're looking for authentic local color and this is the place to start. Great local museum with an unusually varied collection and great quality artifacts. Eclectic, one of a kind stuff with knowledgable, friendly guides. I knew a bit about Michigan history but learned a lot here. Highly recommend.

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