Vision Statement

The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center will become a model for historical research, preservation, 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, education, and research 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 the resources to meet that need for everyone.

Always learning from our past to build a stronger, brighter future

We all need a place that tells our stories of accomplishments, mistakes and dreams; a place that shares how our community came to be what it is today and why we live the way we do. We need somewhere that inspires us to keep our story going. The Heritage Museum is our remembering place in St. Joseph, Michigan, housing our area’s history, its artifacts and archival collections and a research library. This historical building along Main Street is carefully preserved and beautifully appointed. It presents our stories in spacious exhibit halls and creates new memories in elegant banquet facilities.