Fort De Buade Museum St. Ignace, Michigan

Home of the Newberry Stones


muralMore than 3,500 relics - Weapons, Trade Items, Arrowheads, Guns, Beadworks, and more! A walk through history from pre-contact through the present day. Nearly 8,000 years of history. See the cultural impacts of the Michilimackinac Area through the eyes of the Anishinaabe people. Huge selection of Native, French, British and American eras. Exhibits and dioramas depict 18th and 19th century life in St. Ignace, making this a must-visit for true understanding of the area's history.

For over three centuries, the Straits of Mackinac has been the center for commercial and military activity. Fort de Buade was built in 1683 by Olivier Morel de La Durantaye for the purpose of demonstrating to the Native Americans the power of France and to check the westward expansion of the British into the rich fur regions of the Great Lakes. The fort was named for Louis de Buade, Comte de Frontenac, the governor of New France from 1672 to 1682, and then again from 1689 until his death in 1698. For de Buade was the most important French outpost in northern Michigan west of Montreal. Known as Fort Michilimackinac, it was the first of three forts to bear this name and make up the triangle of history in the straits region.

With nearly 3,500 artifacts, Fort de Buade Museum specializes in Native American object of the pre-contact period, through the eras of the French, British and Americans of the area. See history come to life through the largest collections of authentic Indian and military artifacts and trade items of this period and region.