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