The Niles History Center is located at 508 E. Main Street in historic downtown Niles. The Niles History Center includes the Fort St. Joseph Museum and the Chapin Mansion.
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Fort St. Joseph Museum
Located in the former carriage house of the beautiful Victorian period Chapin Mansion, the museum tells the story of Niles from the prehistoric era to the present.
Historic Chapin Mansion
Henry and Ruby Chapin constructed their magnificent home in 1882. Donated to the City of Niles in 1933, it served as City Hall and is now administered by the Niles History Center. Guided tours are held from May to December 15. Special programs and events will take place throughout the year.
Fort St. Joseph Museum Visiting Hours:
The Fort St. Joseph Museum is open Wednesday-Friday 10:00am-4:00pm and Saturday from 10:00-3:00 pm.
Historic Chapin Mansion Tour Schedule
Renovations are ongoing at the Historic Chapin Mansion!
We look forward to reopening for tours in July. Please check back for an exact date.
Current projects include:
Front porch and upper balcony repair
Installation of an ADA accessibility ramp
Dining Room wood floor restoration
Future projects include:
Update of heating system
Exterior painting of window frames
You can help be a part of history! Contact Christina Arseneau, Niles History Center to make your donation today.
Upcoming Programs and Events
Wednesday, July 10, 7:00pm - "The Fort St. Joseph Curatorial Fellowship," presented by Erika Hartley
Program is part of the 2019 Fort St. Joseph Summer Lecture Series held at the Niles District Library
Monday, July 15, 6:00pm - Historical Walking Tour: Fort St. Joseph and the St. Joseph River
This tour is a collaboration between the Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project, Niles History Center and Niles District Library
For more information, visit our Programs and Events page
Have You Visited the Museum Lately?
If you haven't, we would encourage you to do so. Niles has a wonderful, wide ranging history that we can all be proud of. What other town can you think of that has a fort, the Underground Railroad, pictographs by Chief Sitting Bull and a railroad classification yard in its history? Not to mention Rudolph and a two-headed lamb. You'll find these stories and lots more at the museum.