Museum of Ojibwa Culture

Museum of Ojibwa Culture We are open for the 2019 season. 9am to 8pm 7 days a week.
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The city-operated museum and park portray a vivid picture of life in the Straits of Mackinac over 300 years ago when Ojibwa, Huron, Odawa and French lifestyles met at this protected bay. Museum exhibits show Ojibwa Indian culture and traditions, the French contact period and the site's rich archaeology. The new Wall of Healing is a powerful look into Native children and their plight at boarding schhols. Outdoor exhibits and a long house explain Huron life here and come pay your respects at the burial site of Father Jacques Marquette, explorer and Jesuit priest who founded St. Ignace. The Museum's store features the area's largest selection of Native American books, music and locally-made certified Native American art and crafts located in the front section of the museum. Admission is free but we appreciate donations. 100% of the donations goes to the upkeep of the 180 year old church building.

08/10/2019

FREE. Mark your calendars for August 15th at 7pm on our wonderful Museum grounds! Please join in the fun as La Compagnie Musical Dance Troupe pays tribute to Michigan’s French, Celtic and Maritime cultural heritage with music, dance, stories and narration. Sing along, join in a dance, laugh at a tall tale or just sit back and relax. La Compagnie has something for all ages – bring your dancing shoes! Rain or shine. (They will perform in our longhouse if it rains.)

Discover St. Ignace
08/09/2019

Discover St. Ignace

Rendezvous at the Straits Powwow is only a few weeks away! It will be August 23-25. See flyer for more!

07/31/2019

From a recent Trip Advisor review: ...Reviewed by FunFoodFamilyFab5
Jul 30, 2019
"Great museum, friendly and knowledgeable staff!
I found information online about a walking tour that left from the museum. We were excited to check it all out as we are part of the Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa tribe. Upon speaking to Thomas, I found out they had quilts made by my Great Great Aunt Jane. We planned to visit the following week again to see them. Much to our surprise they not only let us touch the quilts and take photos with them, they gifted us with framed photos. We will be visiting every time we come back to Michigan. It was such a special experience for me and my children. "
Proud of of our staff member Thomas and as everyone can see, our staff goes above and beyond for our visitors.

Discover St. Ignace
07/30/2019

Discover St. Ignace

Rendezvous at the Straits Powwow is only a few weeks away! It will be August 23-25. See flyer for more!

Mark your calendars for this coming Friday, August 2nd from 6:30-8pm for the Friday Night at the Museum. We will have th...
07/28/2019

Mark your calendars for this coming Friday, August 2nd from 6:30-8pm for the Friday Night at the Museum. We will have the traditional teachings of the Ojibwa people plus the Medicine Wheel & 7 grandfathers with Gennie , The Gatherer of the people! She is a member of the Sault Ste.Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians! Come join her in our longhouse. It is FREE to the public and seating is available.

2019 Heritage Week Photos. Courtesy of Ruth Pope LaChapelle. Thank you Ruth!
07/21/2019

2019 Heritage Week Photos. Courtesy of Ruth Pope LaChapelle. Thank you Ruth!

Just a few pics from Heritage Days. Auto show is coming very soon...sorry for such a long delay! Please feel free to tag and/or share.

Heritage Week July 2019
07/19/2019

Heritage Week July 2019

07/02/2019

Mark your calendars for tonight at 7pm , there will be the beginning of the Historical Walking Tour with Onalee Gibson. Its free to walk the historic downtown boardwalk while you learn all about the history of our city. It starts at the front doors of our Museum.

Friday Night at the Museum on July 12th from 6-8pm, we will have Gayle Christensen and Tony Grondin with a Traditional T...
07/02/2019

Friday Night at the Museum on July 12th from 6-8pm, we will have Gayle Christensen and Tony Grondin with a Traditional Talking Circle.

07/02/2019

This Friday starts our Friday Nights at The Museum! From 6:30pm-8, come join this Friday July 5th, Gennie Morgan and some incredible Native Teachings and maybe some drumming and singing. Come join us in the Museums Longhouse on the grounds where there you can sit and relax in this sacred place.Free to all .

06/21/2019
St. Ignace Heritage Days |

Check out the schedule for the St. Ignace Heritage Days fun.
***This event is brought to you by the St. Ignace Events Committee, Michilimackinac Historical Society, Museum of Ojibwa Culture, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and the many volunteers who so generously give of their time.

05/18/2019

Join us every Monday and Tuesday evening in July and August for a guided walking tour along the Huron Boardwalk with Onnalee Gibson.
The walking tour, which takes approximately 1-1 ½ hours, is a leisurely and fun way to explore downtown St. Ignace. Join us as we uncover the history, legends, and culture of one of the oldest towns in Michigan! From fur trading and logging, to Native American traditions, local geography, and biographies of early settlers. This tour is sure to inform and entertain.

The FREE tours begin at the Museum of Ojibwa Culture, 500 N. State Street at 7pm and will depart rain or shine.

Location: Museum of Ojibwa Culture, 500 N. State Street

05/18/2019
St. Ignace Heritage Days |

St. Ignace Heritage Days |

This event is sponsored by the Museum of Ojibwa Culture, Michilimackinac Historical Society and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

05/18/2019
Native American Festival |

Our Native American Festival is May 25, and 26th, 2019 on our Museum grounds 500 N. State Street. St.Ignace. Its free to all and check out all the events happening. While there, stop into our newly remodeled Museum. So many new things to see!

05/18/2019

Our summer hours begin July 1st. We will be open 9am-8pm. Keep an eye here for updates. Our webpage is currently being remodeled too so check here for info. Thanks for your patience.

05/09/2019

Time to make your summer vacation plans and dont forget to include a visit to our exciting Museum. We have remodeled and have a breathtaking new wall of Native contributions to wars from the earliest days to current days. We are getting a lot of new products for our shop too. We reopen this month so stay tuned for our opening announcement.

Grandmother Moon Drummers Group
04/13/2019

Grandmother Moon Drummers Group

Save the Date

Hannahville Indian Community
03/28/2019

Hannahville Indian Community

This Saturday! 🤗

03/02/2019

Heres a look at winter time on our museum grounds.

Native Ways Traditional Arts
02/10/2019

Native Ways Traditional Arts

We will be hosting our annual Sugar Camp on Saturday March 30,2019 from 10:00- 4:00. We will have the double bark house set up and be demonstrating the production of Maple sugar the Native way. Our modern sugar house will also be open. Check out the web site for more information. www.nativewaystraditionalarts.com Camp is located near Levering Mi

Bridgett Sorenson Unit 3 Sault Tribe Board of Directors
02/02/2019

Bridgett Sorenson Unit 3 Sault Tribe Board of Directors

The Thirteen Grandmothers Spiritual Connection
01/02/2019

The Thirteen Grandmothers Spiritual Connection

Power number for this year is 3
Three represents forward movement
This is a year that will allow for the manifestation of your dreams
Allow yourself to release all that has been holding you back
Live the life you truly deserve
May you all come to share the blessings 2019 has to offer
So be it

Museum of Ojibwa Culture
12/30/2018

Museum of Ojibwa Culture

Museum of Ojibwa Culture
12/10/2018

Museum of Ojibwa Culture

11/02/2018

We are now closed for the season. We will be reopening mid May 2019. Thanks for a great year!

10/31/2018

Today is our last day for the season so hurry in and check out our Museum and a must see is our shop in which we are so proud that we represent over 125 Native artists. We have jewelry, perfumes, soaps, yogurt creams, books..stop in and get your pre holiday shopping in. We close today at 5pm.

10/29/2018

Remember...get your early holiday shopping done before we close for the season. We will be open Tuesday Oct 30th and Wednesday Oct 31st 10am to 5pm ...then we close for the season 5pm Wed 31ST. COME see our selection of jewelry, books, lotions, perfumes, soaps....something for everyone.

10/16/2018
St. Ignace Heritage Days

St. Ignace Heritage Days

Step back into time and experience living history during Heritage Days in St. Ignace Michigan. Located on one of the oldest historic sites in Michigan and th...

10/05/2018

Ghost Supper/Spirit Feast on
October 14 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Heritage Village in Mackinaw City.

09/30/2018

Starting Monday October 1st, our new Fall hours will be 10am to 5pm 7 days a week. Hurry and get your shopping in before we close for the season on October 31st.

09/26/2018
St. Ignace Michigan - 10 Reasons Why

St. Ignace Michigan - 10 Reasons Why

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09/25/2018

Our Museum is now open 7 days a week, 9:30am-5pm. Starting October 1st to 31st, our hours will be 10am-5pm 7 days a week.

Yesterday, walking in Marquette Mission Park, saw something I had never seen. Somebody placed a rosary into Father Marqu...
09/12/2018

Yesterday, walking in Marquette Mission Park, saw something I had never seen. Somebody placed a rosary into Father Marquettes hand. Warmed our hearts...what a thoughtful gesture. Hope it stays there till we close. Our security cameras will keep an eye on our beloved statue.

09/10/2018

We still have not heard from our last pick for our giveaway so here we go again......Congratulations to Denise Casemier. Please message us with your address. Yeah!!

09/05/2018

We have NOT heard from our winner in our giveaway...so we have picked another name......................................
Congrats SANDY COUNCELL..... Please message us your address and we will send your gifts to you.

09/04/2018

Our new Fall hours are: 7 days a week, 9am-5pm. Shop early for people on your Christmas list...we have so much to choose from in our Gift Shop.

Tonight is the last night of Friday Nights at the Museum! We are excited to have Gennie Morgan and Linda Hammond in our ...
08/31/2018

Tonight is the last night of Friday Nights at the Museum! We are excited to have Gennie Morgan and Linda Hammond in our longhouse tonight. You can sit in the cool longhouse and relax and listern to Linda Hammond who is a fantastic flute player. Her melodies are amazing. We are honored also to have Gennie Morgan who will talk of the Anishinaabek culture, the Grandfather Teachings, the clans and so much more. You can ask questions and find out all the whys and whats of the culture. Its FREE. Tonight at 6-7:30pm!!

08/27/2018

Congratulations to B. STEVENSON of DETROIT in winning our giveaway. Please message us with your mailing address and your choice of lip balm ( Natural, Vanilla, Green Tea, CocaLicious or Peppermint) and they will be on their way. Thanks to all who likes, shared and commented. The response was awesome!!

Saint Ignace Chamber of Commerce
08/24/2018

Saint Ignace Chamber of Commerce

Fun Fact Friday

Coming up today and tomorrow is the Rendezvous at the Straits French Voyager Reenactment and Powwow, a family event celebrating the history of the St. Ignace area, at the Father Marquette Memorial Park in St. Ignace. Admission is $4.00 for Elders, children 5 and under are free, and $5.00 for everyone else.
Within view of the Mackinac Bridge, Native American and French-style encampments will bring history to life to celebrate the culture and traditions of the Straits. Historical Reenactors.
The event will bring together the triangle of history, that Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City events often focus on British and colonial history. The powwow and rendezvous in St. Ignace will tie in the third, major historical component, the area's Native and French fur trading traditions.
Members of both French and Native encampments will wear the authentic period dress from 1690 through 1770 and possibly 1800 through 1850. Essentially, organizers say, this is a combination of two events in one place, with activities such as demonstrations of Native and French cooking, French woodworking, Native and French sewing, including Native sinew production, displays of transportation methods, such as birch bark and dugout canoes, snowshoes, and toboggans, and a display of a traditionally built Mackinaw boats, with an explanation of Native youth sail training.
Further demonstrations include sewing cattail mats with cordage made of inner basswood bark, creating birch bark containers, brain-tanning deer hides, and making wampum shell beads. Storytelling and flute playing will also take place.
Come and join us with our rich history of the Straits.

#FunFactFridayStIgnaceChamberAmericorpsVISTA

A member of our staff, Francie Wyers, sold a young man a fantastic neck piece he had been eyeing for awhile. He was thri...
08/23/2018

A member of our staff, Francie Wyers, sold a young man a fantastic neck piece he had been eyeing for awhile. He was thrilled to buy it with his own money. Looking good Ben LaSala!

08/14/2018
Welcoming song by Gennie Morgan

Thank you Gennie Morgan for singing your welcoming song for this lovely couple. Our hearts swelled listening to you.

08/10/2018

Tonight is Friday night at the Museum! From 6-7:30 tonight, stop on down and enjoy sitting in our longhouse and listen to Gayle and Tony talk about their culture and teachings and why things are they way they are. You can ask questions or just listen and enjoy. #GayleChristenson #TonyGrondin

08/09/2018

Here is a blurb from Trish Sanders who has been working on our web page for awhile now and who we will miss terribly. Good luck in your new journey Trish. "This is my last day here at the St. Ignace Chamber of Commerce. I'm ready to begin my next year but I can honestly say I will miss being at the front counter, talking with people from all over the world. Hearing the stories of their travels and telling them about mine. I will miss relaying the excitement of each attraction and the business members that I have come in contact with to them so that they can have a flawless, exciting and memorable experience here in the beautiful city of St. Ignace and the great U.P. I truly enjoy people of all kinds, nationalities, their different adventures, and just talking with them, because we are ALL just ONE from different points in time/place. I will continue on here in St. Ignace at the MEA (Mackinac Economic Alliance) for the next year and continue building my brand. I am sad but happy and excited for the next portion of my journey. Thank you all for being kind and embracing to me while up here. I have new forever people in my life."

08/03/2018

Tonight after visiting us in our longhouse with Gennie Morgan and Linda Hammond, there will be the makeup Movie by the Bay- LEGO Ninjago at the American Legion Park at about 9:45. Bring your chair or blanket and a few bucks for the Moose 999 concession. For those that can’t make Sunday’s because they work Monday morning, tonight is your night!

Address

500 N State St
Saint Ignace, MI
49781

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 20:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 20:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 20:00
Thursday 09:00 - 20:00
Friday 09:00 - 20:00
Saturday 09:00 - 20:00
Sunday 09:00 - 20:00

Telephone

(906) 643-9161

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The Museum of Ojibwa Culture is CLOSED for the season. We will reopen MAY 2020.
Over here! Remember now??? Love this place.
love this place!
Hello, just a note to tell you that that are c1905 photos on ebay you may want to see of the museum, inside and out.
Excellent place to learn more about the history of the area. Thank you for this amazing jewel in St. Ignance.
Not only will this whole exhibit stick with me for a long time, but this quote in particular is so heartbreaking to me. Thank you for bringing this to light. It's a very moving exhibit.
We are going to be at the casino, for a Convention from Aug. 10 to the 13th, would love to come to the museum. Are you opened on the weekends?
Garth Butler this is the page to shave the hoop dancer video!
I am bringing my daughter from Florida to see the area her great grandparents (Trottier/Truckey/McGregor) are from, we will be in town Aug. 9, 10 & 11. Please, if there are any events, kindly let us know! Thank you, Kelli McGregor
Very creative and moving place!'
I JUST FOUND OUT I AM OBJIBWA SO EXCITED
I see Many Changes going on at the MUESUM and on the museum Grounds! It's Definitely worth the trip, especially once it's all done, Check out the Amazing Changes inside now!