Fort de Baude Museum, Saint Ignace

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Art Gallery · Hidden Gem · Specialty Museum
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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  • I have been traveling to the Machinac Straits area for over 60 years and never stopped at the Ft de Baude museum because from the outside it looks like a typical tourist RIP-off, BUT discovered it...  more »
  • It is still on the small side but I was surprised by the different types of artifacts they had. We were probably there an hour or two but we like to read and such. It is a free event so even if you...  more »
  • Some interesting pieces. Especially liked seeing the 19th century tools
  • Ton of history! Never realized how extensive this place is! Cool

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