Discover the history of Niles at the Fort St. Joseph Museum!
The Fort St. Joseph Museum is located at 508 E. Main Street in the former carriage house of the Historic Chapin Mansion and features exhibits that tell the story of Niles from the prehistoric era through the 17th century founding of Fort St. Joseph to the modern business and industrial era.   

FSJ Museum

Fort St. Joseph Museum Hours 
Wednesday - Friday : 10:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 3:00pm 

The Fort St. Joseph Museum also offers educational programs for all ages, including field trips, group tours, family programs, walking tours of the city's downtown historic district, plus more! 

Field trip fur trade

Check out the Programs and Events page for more information on exciting upcoming events! 

We are in the process of updating our exhibits and invite you to visit while we carry out renovations.  Our first floor will focus on discoveries made through the Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project, which is literally rewriting our history! 


Additional museum exhibits will feature: 
  • Hands-on fur trading fort 
  • Ice Age Fossils and Prehistoric People of Niles 
  • Underground Railroad Connections
  • Pictographs Drawn by Chief Sitting Bull
  • Railroads, Business and Industry
  • Civil War and Military Service
For more information please contact: 

Christina Arseneau, Director
Niles History Center
508 E Main St. Niles, MI 49120
269-845-4054, x 4010

Mollie Kruck Watson, Assistant Director
Niles History Center
508 E Main St. Niles, MI 49120