Fort St. Joseph Museum

Niles, Michigan

Fort St. Joseph, located in Niles, Michigan, was originally built by the French Government in 1691, in response to the Iroquois Wars. It was the key to French control of the southern part of Lake Michigan. Fort St. Joseph served as a military, commercial and diplomatic center intended to influence and develop the fur trade with the French-allied Indians. By defending the area from the British, the fort ensured the protection and growth of the French fur trade. Fort St. Joseph is no longer in existence, but the museum has a large exhibit on the fort, including information on the ongoing archaeological projects at the fort site

508 East Main Street
Niles, Michigan 49120
(269) 683-4702

Hours of Operation

Open Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00a.m. to 4:00p.m., year round. Closed major holidays

Fort St. Joseph Museum
Visitor Experiences

Gift Shop
Group Tours
Handicap Accessibility
Open Year Round