The Centre for French Colonial Life Campus is Open with adjusted hours: until May 2021, the Centre and the historic Bolduc and LeMeiilleur houses are open on Friday through Sunday.


At the Centre for French Colonial Life we have created a special new interim exhibit that we think you will enjoy, titled “Augmenting The Evidence:  Study Collections that Document Change in Everyday Life on the Creole Frontier.”  This exhibit features original artifacts, many of which have never been shown to the public before, from various collections held by FCA, NSCDA/MO and various private collectors. There is no admission charge but we do ask for a suggested donation of $5.00 per person.


In addition, we offer historic house guided tours (for groups of fewer than 10 in number and who are family or existing social groups – no mixing).   Tour tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.


Hours are from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Friday and Saturday, and from Noon to 4:00 PM on Sunday.  If you plan to visit, we suggest calling in advance to make sure that sickness/weather hasn’t altered days and hours we are open.


For more information, please contact the Centre for French Colonial Life at 573-883-3105.


Please Note:  The size of the audience for any given guided tour or program activity will be restricted and social distancing will be practiced.  Our staff will wear masks and we encourage our visitors to do likewise.




The campus of the Centre for French Colonial Life was founded by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Missouri, and is now owned and managed by French Colonial America, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to education, research, and preservation.  


Museum temporary hours are:

  • Monday through Thursday - CLOSED

  • Friday and Saturday, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

  • Sunday, from Noon to 4:00 PM


The museum campus, consisting of four late-18th and early 19th century historic structures — as well as the new exhibits and education building — tells the story of early French settlement in the upper Mississippi valley, and the development of a unique French Creole culture in this region, even during the time period when it was controlled by Spain, and later by the United States after the Louisiana Purchase.  Our programs  will introduce visitors to the stories of the people and processes that contributed to French Creole culture in this region, the importance of Spanish control, and the archaeology of French Creole settlements such as St. Louis, Ste. Genevieve and various sites in the Illinois country. 


For more information, please call us at 573-883-3105.

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