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“Beautiful displays!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Museum of Ojibwa Culture

Museum of Ojibwa Culture
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: At this National Historic Landmark, visitors can learn about 17th century St. Ignace: the Ojibwa who formed the population, the Huron refugees and the French who established the area as the center of fur trade. Check out our award winning Clan Park and our Longhouse on our grounds. Also visit Father Marquettes burial site in our Marquette Mission Park. Admission is by donation.
Royal Oak, Michigan
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207 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Beautiful displays!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2014

This is by donation. Located in a former church, There is the grave of Father Marquette along with fountain, flower gardens and benches to relax outside. Inside you begin in the gift shop (books, crafts, gifts, jewelry mostly made by native american and purchases support the museum) and there is a kids craft area. Although very small, the displays are just as professional as large city natural history museums. A must stop for families to learn about the history of the local natives and history of the area. Outside they have a large wigwam. It looks like they have lots of space to expand in the future. If you have time for only one thing on your way thru St. ignace this should be it!

Visited July 2014
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Judy O, Owner at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, responded to this review, 30 August 2014
Your comments not only made my day but our dedicated staff's as well. I cannot even begin to tell you how much effort and pride that goes into how our surroundings need to stunningly serve the desires of our valued customers. Our philosophy is that we want our guests to feel like they can get 100% Native made crafts, learn about our Native past and enjoy our hallowed grounds along with Father Marquettes burial site. All donations go to the upkeep of this historic 177 year old building. Thanks again for the kind remarks about our Museum Erica.
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Maple Lake, Minnesota
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“Proud Native Culture Musuem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2014

Parking in the back of museum, with grounds well keep. They currently are building a new longhouse, which the Native elders are bending 35-40 ft. tamarack poles. The old longhouse is still up for viewing, and very old. Beautiful flower bed, with green & purple cabbage planted with them...Nice! Museum is free with donations welcomed. Video Presentations run throughout the day which teach the importance of the family in the Ojibwa's way of life and how the traditional birch bark canoe (Wonderful Video), used by the Ojibwa and French, was made.
The Museum store features authentic Native American and First Nation Canadian art. In addition, they have Native themed books, teacher resources, music, cards, baskets and handmade artisan crafts from artists and from our Tribal Youth Entrepreneurship Program. I purchased 2 beaded barrettes locally native made with great quality. We visited toward the end of the day, and wished we had more time before closing. So worth the stop!

Visited July 2014
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Thank Susan S
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Judy O, Owner at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, responded to this review, 30 August 2014
Your comments not only made my day but our dedicated staff's as well. I cannot even begin to tell you how much effort and pride that goes into how our surroundings need to stunningly serve the desires of our valued customers. Our philosophy is that we want our guests to feel like they can get 100% Native made crafts, learn about our Native past and enjoy our hallowed grounds along with Father Marquettes burial site. All donations go to the upkeep of this historic 177 year old building. Thanks again for the kind remarks about our Museum Susan.
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Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Fascinating stuff”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014

Beautiful grounds, the museum exhibits were very interesting (the video on making a canoe by hand, especially, was captivating), and the shop had lovely items handmade by locals. No cost (donations accepted) with much to see in this small place.

Visited July 2014
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Judy O, Owner at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, responded to this review, 30 August 2014
We appreciate all our customers...and it is comments like yours Joanne, that keep us going. We strive to provide special tastes that will stand out and hopefully make The Museum of Ojibwa Culture one of your favorites. Glad that you enjoyed Earls Canoe video. Thank you for your remarks. Gratefully, Museum of Ojibwa Culture
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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Great Stop and Informative”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2014

The museum is well maintained. The grounds have beautiful flowers and the fountains/statue outside are really pretty. The information inside is informative about the Native culture that was in the area. Nice gift shop in front of the building that has all Native / local made products. (Lots of books!) For being a smaller building it really packs a lot of information in. The movie in the back of the building about the canoe will suck you in! As someone else said, it's really long though. Even if you watch part of it though it's really interesting to see how they build the birch bark canoes. I think this is a great stop if you're in St Ignace and an affordable one (donations recommended but the museum is technically free.)

Visited July 2014
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Judy O, Owner at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, responded to this review, 30 August 2014
Your comments not only made my day but our dedicated staff's as well. I cannot even begin to tell you how much effort and pride that goes into how our surroundings need to stunningly serve the desires of our valued customers. Our philosophy is that we want our guests to feel like they can get 100% Native made crafts, learn about the Ojibwa Native past and enjoy our hallowed grounds along with Father Marquettes burial site. All donations go to the upkeep of this historic 177 year old building. So glad you enjoyed Earls Canoe video. Making a canoe the old way is something to see. Thanks again for the kind remarks about our Museum.
Sincerely, Shirley Sorrels
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East Lansing, MI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Worth the stop”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2014

The person behind the counter was so nice and full of great information. Could tell he enjoyed being there and it was not just a job. Lots of information in the small museum. Doesn't take long to walk through and is free..donations accepted!!

Visited July 2014
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Judy O, Owner at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, responded to this review, 30 August 2014
Thank you for your kind words about our employee, Robin. He truly enjoys his job. Glad you enjoyed our museum and the information and exhibits. Sincerely, The Director of the Museum of Ojibwa Culture
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