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“A Pleasant Surprise”

Fort de Baude Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access
Reviewed October 15, 2012

St. Ignace, MI is a tourist town, with the normal souvenir shops and "attractions" designed to sell souvenirs made overseas to folks passing through or there for a day trip or so. We went into this museum fully expecting it to be just another one of those places. To our surprise and pleasure it is actually a museum in the fullest sense of the word. The various displays, as one walks through this surprisingly large museum, start with some general Michigan displays and then progresses to artifacts from the various eras ; Native American, colonial (French, British, etc) up to more recent times. The artifacts are very well displayed in well-lit cases, wall displays and floor layouts. The total floor space isn't huge but it's not a hole-in-the-wall place by any means either.

Admission is free. There is a small souvenir shop and they do accept donations to support the museum but neither of these is done in an "in your face" type presentation; they're there if you wish to partake but nobody is in the least bit pushy.

So if you're in St. Ignace and have some time before your ferry leaves for the Island and you enjoy history even just a little you really should stop in to this well-run museum.

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Reviewed October 1, 2012

Please spend some of your time learning a little about the Indian culture and seeing historical artifacts of the Straits area. This is a small museum which will take no more than an hour of your time merely for a donation. Anyone who travels to historical areas such as this needs to learn about the area and support continued preservation activities.

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Reviewed August 10, 2012

nice place to vist if you are into native american history
I am glad this place is still here . an awesome place to vist;;;;;;;;

Thank pplrzjms231
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

This "museum" is free but looks a bit thrown together. The walls are bare and the floors cement. There are lots of very interesting weapons and Indian artifacts to be sure and that is why it has a good rating. But the decor and atmosphere needs to be improved. There is no flow at all to the traffic and the mood is rather dismal, like a warehouse feel. Some exhibits were still under construction. The content is great, just needs spiffed up a bit.

Thank littlepigeon
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Reviewed June 25, 2012

This place is full of history. Very interesting tour through museum. Makes you think about the past. A must see while in St. Ignace.

Thank yzf1k97
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