Site excavations have established that Paleo-Indians hunted the American mastodon here during the ice age. The site is the home of the Kimmswick Bone Bed, one of the most famous and extensive Pleistocene ice age deposits of fossils, including a number of bones of giant mastodons.
The museum displays artifacts, fossils and a replica of a mastodon skeleton, and outlines the story of the Clovis culture, which existed in the area between 10,000 and 14,000 years ago.
Open for day use, the site offers picnicking and hiking.
The Louis Bolduc House, a National Historic Landmark, was built in around 1792, by one of the wealthiest French Americans, in the first town in Missouri, when it was governed by Spain.
Visit his vertical log house, gardens, and discover what life in 18th century Ste. Genevieve was like. In addition to the unique architecture, the museum has a large collection of 18th century French colonial furnishings and artifacts. Discover the unique story of the Shawnee and Delaware Indian tribes in Eastern Missouri when you step into the Stone Cottage behind the Bolduc House and don't miss the Eastern Woodland Indian Village with its Three Sisters Garden and in-ground pottery firing pit.
Walk through the lovely flower gardens to the smaller home built in 1820 by Rene LeMeilleur and his wife, Agatha Bolduc. One room is furnished as an 1830s living room. The other room is our Hands-On History Room with activities for children and temporary exhibits.
Purchase admission tickets across the street at the Linden House, where you can shop, visit the Colonial Dames Parlor, the Salon de The - Chez Emilie, and the Rozier Library and Heritage Room. The spacious Linden House yard is a great place to relax, let the children romp and see the plants in the Lewis and Clark Garden.