Discover the history of Niles at the Fort St. Joseph Museum!
The Fort St. Joseph Museum is located in the former carriage house of the Chapin Home 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.
Fort St. Joseph Museum Hours
Wednesday - Friday: 10am-4pm
Saturday: 10am - 3pm
Closed major holidays
Admission: Always Free!
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 historic downtown district, plus more!
Check out our Programs and Events page for information on 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:
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