Centre for French Colonial Life

Since January 2017, French Colonial America (FCA) has been proudly operating the historic Centre for French Colonial Life Museum Campus in Ste. Genevieve, MO. Initially owned by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Missouri (NSCDA-MO), the properties were gifted to FCA by NSCDA-MO in early 2020. The campus features four historic French Colonial structures (The Louis Bolduc, Bolduc-LeMeilleur, Beauvais-Linden, and Francois Valle II Houses) as well as the education and exhibits facility, the Centre for French Colonial Life. The Centre features the campus gift shop, offices, a curatorial lab, lecture hall, warming kitchen, conference room, and two exhibits: 1) an orientation exhibit, detailing the origins of Ste. Genevieve and history of the IL River valley under French & Spanish colonial periods and 2) a temporary exhibit examining the ways that wild foods were harvested by the various people of the region to feed their families and communities in the colonial period. A new temporary exhibit, The American Revolutionary War in the West, will be installed in May 2020 and will explore the Battle of Fort San Carlos (St. Louis) and the role the Ste. Genevieve Militia played in the victory.

Contact Information

Roseanne Ahne
Reservations and Information:
573.883.3105 / [email protected]

198 Market Street, Sainte Genevieve, Missouri 63670, United States

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Other Information

  • Hours Open

    Monday-Saturday: 10:00 AM-5 PM Sunday: Noon-5 PM Tours of historic homes occur every hour, besides noon, on the half hour (10:30, 11:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30)
  • Seasons Open

    Open all year round
  • Prices and Fees

    Historic House Tours: $5 (students, age 5-18), $10 (adult), free (military & preschool) The American Revolutionary War in the West Exhibit: $5 (students, age 5-18), $10 (adult). Combination discount is available when purchasing both tickets.
  • Accessibility

    The Centre for French Colonial life is handicap accessible. Handicap parking is available behind the building in the Centre's parking lot. The Centre has a lift that allows handicap guests that cannot climb stairs to access the bottom floor if needed. The Historic Homes are not handicap accessible. The Homes require a guest to walk half a block with the tour guide and climb 4 steps in order to enter each house.
  • Pet Friendly Notes

    Only service animals allowed