The Other Colonial America Undergoes Major Expansion Project



New France: The Other Colonial America, featuring the Bolduc House Museum in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, will temporarily close on weekdays during January through March of 2018 for a major expansion.

During the first quarter of 2018, New France: The Other Colonial America and its component historic sites, including the Bolduc House Museum, will be closed on weekdays while the museum campus undergoes a major expansion with preparations for opening its new exhibits and education center in Ste. Genevieve, MO. The historic houses on the campus at Market and Main Streets in Ste. Genevieve will be open for tours by the public on Friday through Sunday during this transition. The museum campus will return to being open every day after the new facility, to be known as the Centre for French Colonial Life, opens in mid-April 2018.

Museum hours during January through March 2018 will be:

  • Friday, from Noon to 4:00 PM
  • Saturday, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Sunday, from Noon to 4:00 PM

The museum campus, consisting of five 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 survival and 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.

Initial content at the new Centre for French Colonial Life will include exhibits about 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 about New France: The Other Colonial America, please visit the organization’s web site at or call 573-883-3105.

Contact: Robbie Pratte, Director of Museum Operations // New France: The Other Colonial America // 125 S. Main St. // Ste. Genevieve MO 63670 // phone: 573-883-3105 // email: