Fort de Baude Museum, Saint Ignace

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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5/5 based on 55 reviews on the web
For over three centuries, the Straits of Mackinac have been occupied by military establishments. Fort de Buade was built by the French in 1681, a decade after Marquette had established his mission in 1671 and called it St. Ignace. It's name was that of the family of Frontenac, the French Governor of North America.

Until Detroit was founded in 1701, it was the first and most important French post west of Montreal, guarding the life lines of the fur trade. The fort’s commandant had charge of all other French forts in the West. Also known as Fort Michilimackinac, it was the first of three forts which were to bear this name and make up the triangle of history of the Straits area.

Fort de Buade houses a fantastic collection of local artifacts, dating back nearly 8,000 years.
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  • 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, explore...  read more »
  • 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 l...  read more »
  • 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...  read more »
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