The Niles History Center is located at 508 E. Main Street in historic downtown Niles. The Niles History Center includes the Fort St. Joseph Museum and the Chapin Mansion.  


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Fort St. Joseph Museum 
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.

FSJ Museum

Historic 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. Guided tours are held from May to December 15. Special programs and events will take place throughout the year.  

Chapin Mansion

Fort St. Joseph Museum Visiting Hours:
The Fort St. Joseph Museum is open Wednesday-Friday 10:00am-4:00pm and Saturday from 10:00-3:00 pm.

Historic Chapin Mansion Tour Schedule
Renovations are ongoing at the Historic Chapin Mansion!
We look forward to reopening for tours in July. Please check back for an exact date.

Current projects include:
Front porch and upper balcony repair
Installation of an ADA accessibility ramp
Dining Room wood floor restoration

Future projects include:
Update of heating system
Electrical updates
Exterior painting of window frames
You can help be a part of history! Contact Christina Arseneau, Niles History Center to make your donation today.

Upcoming Programs and Events

Tuesday, August 20, 5:00-7:00pm - Chapin Mansion Reopening Celebration

Friday, September 6, 10:30am - First Friday Walking Tour 

For more information, visit our Programs and Events page 

Have You Visited the Museum Lately?
If you haven't, we 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 Niles History Center!

Christina Arseneau, Director
269-845-4054 ext 4010 

Mollie Kruck Watson, Assistant Director
269-845-4054 ext 4013