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The Centre for French Colonial Life Campus is OPEN: Our exhibits facility at the Centre and the historic Bolduc and LeMeiilleur houses are open to the public on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday (we currently are closed on Tuesday and Wednesday).

The FCA 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.  

At the Centre for French Colonial Life we currently have the following special exhibits:  


Augmenting The Evidence: Study Collections that Document Change in Everyday Life on the Creole Frontier.  This newly reorganized exhibit features original artifacts, many of which have never been shown to the public before, from collections held by FCA, NSCDA/MO and various private collectors.

Saving St. Louis: The Ste. Genevieve Militia at the Battle of Ft. San CarlosDiscover the little known story of how in 1780 during the American Revolution, the British and their Native American allies attempted to take over Spanish-controlled St. Louis and American-controlled Cahokia.  They were stopped by American and Spanish-led forces, including 60 French Creole militiamen from Ste. Genevieve, who made up a significant part of the small force defending St. Louis.













Admission to the Centre for French Colonial life is  $5 for adults and $3 for children.

In addition, we offer historic house guided tours of the fully furnished late 18th century Bolduc House and the early 19th century LeMeilleur  houses.  

House Tour tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.


For more information, please contact the Centre for French Colonial Life at 573-883-3105. or view our facebook page by clicking the link below.



Friday Dec. 31: La Guillannée Watch Party Concert with Dennis Stroughmatt, co-sponsored with Ste. Genevieve National Historic Park:  Featuring live music, card and yard games, food by Pat's Pastries, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, at 99 South Main St. in downtown Ste. Gen.  Additionally, the Hands-On History House will host a "weather delay" session of our Allée Allumée program.  This will be a scaled back version with only the Light Walk portion of the program (NOT the tractor ride to additional shops in town).  Tour guides will lead you through a fire lit path through the historic yard and boxwoods and towards a colonial manger scene with live music.  


Both events are made free by a number of sponsors.  Please join us for this fun and educational evening as we wait for the Ste. Genevieve Guillanée to perform their historic song!


The campus of the Centre for French Colonial Life is owned and managed by French Colonial America, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to education, research, and preservation.  

Museum hours:

  • Tuesday and Wednesday - CLOSED

  • Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Monday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

  • Sunday, from Noon to 4:00 PM


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