The Priscilla U. Byrns Center serves as home to The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center and offers an interactive setting for your trip into the past. The center, which opened in 1997, houses exhibit halls, artifact and archival collections, a research library as well as an elegant banquet facility.

Visit us at 601 Main Street in St. Joseph, Michigan.

The Museum is open Tuesday-Friday, 10am-4pm.
Call (269) 983-1191 for more information.
General Admission to the Museum is Free.

Members receive a store discount and event mailings!  Join today! 

Programs and services include:

  • Public programs and events
  • Museum exhibits and education programs for schools, homeschoolers and scouts
  • A research library and archives-please call for an appointment so we can better serve you
  • Frederick S. Upton Fellowship Program in Public History
  • Support for the preservation of historical buildings and neighborhoods

Whether you’re a visitor or a long-time resident, let the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center can take you on a journey through the history of Michigan’s lake frontier.

Vision Statement

The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center will become a model for preservation, historical research, and education, where people enjoy history and appreciate how it affects their present and future.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center is to engage the public in a vibrant organization that promotes historical preservation, research, and education that relates to Benton Harbor, St. Joseph and the surrounding region. We seek to inspire our visitors to make a personal and emotional connection to the past by providing on-going historical exhibits and programs that enable all persons to see their present and future more clearly.

Core Values

There is a fundamental human need to understand the past in order to relate to the present and plan for the future.  We are responsible to provide these resources and meet that need for everyone.