Museum of Ojibwa Culture & Father Marquette Mission Park
It was at this location in 1671 that Jesuit priest Père Jacques Marquette established the St. Ignace Mission, which was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960. The mission became very successful and was in operation until 1741 (except for a period between 1705-1712). Father Marquette is buried here and his grave is marked by a monument erected by the Knights of Columbus in 1957. Right next to it is the Museum of Ojibwa Culture, which was the chapel belonging to the second mission (established in 1837 one mile south of the first mission) built in 1905. The museum features indoor and outdoor exhibits that explore the history of the region three centuries ago when the Ojibwa and Huron peoples started to have contact with French explorers and missionaries. Father Marquette's explorations of the Mississippi River are described as well. Outdoor exhibits include a recreated Huron longhouse and medicine wheel garden.
Backstory and Context