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Niles History Center
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The Niles History Center Overview

The Niles History Center is located at 508 E. Main Street at the corner of 5th and Main Streets.

The Niles History Center includes the Fort St. Joseph Museum and the Chapin Mansion.  Located in the former carriage house of the beautiful Victorian period Chapin Mansion, the museum tells the story of Niles from the prehistoric era to the present. 

Fort St. Joseph Museum

See You At the Museum! 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

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Chapin Mansion

Henry and Ruby Chapin constructed their magnificent home in 1882.  Donated to the City of Niles in 1933, it served as City Hall and is now administered by the Niles History Center.

Ornate stained glass windows, beveled mirrors, impressive brass chandeliers, beautiful hand-carved woodwork and nine fireplaces will transport you back to the decadent Aesthetic period of the 1880s.

Guided tours are held from April to December, Special programs and events will take place throughout the year.  The Niles History Center is seeking donations for historical rehabilitation of the mansion. Ask how you can be involved!

Fort St. Joseph Museum Visiting
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Admission is FREE
Closed major holidays.  

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Admission is $5 for ages 10 and over.
Closed major holidays.
Call 269.845.4054 or email us for Tour Schedules as the Mansion will close periodically for historic restoration.
Guided tours will resume in late April.  Look for special events to take place during the winter months. 

Call or Email to Schedule Group Tours
Groups are welcome but a two week notice is requested.  For more information call 269-845.4054 or send an email.


Local History Activities and Fun Facts Coming Soon!

Please visit these sites for fun activities for all ages:

Michigan Historical Center US Parks Service:  Webrangers
Michigan Department of Natural Resources US Parks Service:  Online Games

Have You Visited the Museum Lately?

If you haven't, I would encourage you to do so. Niles has a wonderful, wide ranging history that we can all be proud of. What other town can you think of that has a fort, the Underground Railroad, pictographs by Chief Sitting Bull and a railroad classification yard in its history? Not to mention Rudolph and a two-headed lamb. You'll find these stories and lots more at the museum. 

See You At the Museum!

Christina Arseneau, Director Mollie Kruck Watson, Assistant Director
269-845-4054 ext 4010 269-845-4054

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