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“An Unusal Place...”

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
Hemlock, Michigan
Level 6 Contributor
158 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“An Unusal Place...”
Reviewed August 27, 2014

The travel editor for the Detroit Free Press recently recommended this as a highlight of the area... and it is. Truly unique.. gems not to be found elsewhere.. a wide variety of souvenirs ranging from authentic and unique to kitsch and worth a grin. The overall plan is not apparent. There does not seem to be a professional history museum sense and that makes it very relaxing, very comfortable, very human. Admission is by contribution and these elements made me want to give an adequate donation, like a good tip for good service. A single visit is not enough but you leave feeling very satisfied.

Visited August 2014
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Miami Beach, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Nebary tablet!”
Reviewed August 15, 2014

I saw the history channel program "America Unearthed'' and was amazed to learn it was in a place I had been to. So on my return trip to saint ignace , I saw it The staff was kind and answered some tough questions. I would definitely recommend.

Visited August 2014
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Midland, Michigan
Level 6 Contributor
245 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
“Best value in town and well worth your time”
Reviewed August 3, 2014

This museum has improved over the years, and has expanded as well. What appears to be a rather small place seems to grow as you go through it. Many Indian artifacts as well as weapons and items used in the development and history of the region. They don't charge any entry, but do have a donation jar at the end, take the time to help them continue their work.

Visited August 2014
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Toronto, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
227 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“You have to visit this gem!”
Reviewed June 13, 2014

The museum just opened an exhibit of portraits of the Native American chiefs and notables who visited the White House under four Presidents. Apologies, I don't have the actual information with me (for instance, the name of the artist). But this collection is fantastic. It will break open any stereotype you might have about what Native Americans from different cultures looked like. There is such beauty and dignity in the portraits. A significant number of women are included. The staff are very well informed. The exhibit will only improve over time as the Museum adds features (for instance, biographies of each of the individuals). This is a once in a life time opportunity.

Visited June 2014
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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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299 reviews
89 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“This was the first fort on the Straits and you need to complete the history”
Reviewed June 10, 2014

In order to really understand the history of this area and how the original fort started here, later moved to Mackinaw City and then the island, you need to visit here for the full story.

Visited July 2013
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