Main Exhibit Hall

Open to the street through the arched double doors of the fire station. On the interior ceiling you can still see remnants of the apparatus used to suspend two horse harnesses. The permanent displays in this room include:

  • 1850 hand-drawn hook and ladder wagon
  • A photographic display of the building history and Hose Company No. 2
  • St. Charles Borromeo and Academy of the Sacred Heart displays
  • American Car Foundry display
  • An old-fashioned firehouse model
  • 911 Memorial to firemen

The Garden Room

Architecture and business exhibits are found in this room of the Museum. Large windows flood the Garden Hall with natural light. French doors lead to the outdoor Heritage Garden and a 1929 Santa Fe caboose. Permanent features in the Garden Hall include:

  • Model railroad display with some Frenchtown streets and historic buildings
  • Frenchtown Architecture display
  • Frenchtown historical businesses display

Research Room

The Research Room stores the Museum’s research files, reference books, and computers with a database of the Museum’s collection. Patrons are welcome to use the facilities to locate information.

Special photographic exhibits are displayed on the walls of the room. Most of the displays are copies from original photographs from the Museum’s collection. Many are over one hundred years old.

Several community groups meet in the Research Room. This room is available for group meetings or conferences for a small fee. The Museum has an assortment of folding tables and chairs that are available for use at the meetings.

A small gift counter is located near the door and sells sketches of historic Frenchtown houses, posters, postcards, history books, St. Charles coloring books, and other items


The Little Red Caboose in the Garden

The caboose was built in 1929 by the American Car Factory and was relocated to behind the museum in 2003. Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Boshears, along with numerous volunteers have restored the caboose. The caboose now serves as a learning center for children and is available for public rental.

The caboose sits in the garden behind the museum there is a pathway that leads to the restored Santa Fe railroad caboose