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Barker Mansion

Open today: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
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FANTASTIC

If you're interested in history and architecture you have to see this place. We took the self... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Kelli G
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MC History

This is great place. Not expensive, quick to go through and interesting. We took self guided tour... read more

Reviewed September 16, 2018
parkersplantings
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Michigan City, Indiana
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Learn more about the mansion built by one of the founding fathers of the rail car industry, John H. Barker. This house, while actually lived in for only a very short time, has brought many years of enjoyment to the Barker family, and to the...more
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Hours Today: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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631 Washington St, Michigan City, IN 46360-3419
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+1 219-873-1520
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed May 6, 2018

I did not know what to fully expect when I worked this into our Michigan City itinerary, but this was a hidden gem. The gf loves these old mansions, and this one was epic. "When completed the mansion featured 38 rooms, 7 fireplaces, and 10...More

5  Thank runaway2travel
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Reviewed April 12, 2014

I saw the front hall after ringing the doorbell. Hard to find the hours for this place. The website is confused and the information hard to find. The place is not open weekends, a fact that even the people at the lighthouse up the street...More

5  Thank GarthM601
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you're interested in history and architecture you have to see this place. We took the self guided tour. This place is said to be 90% original.There are so many of the families original belongings in the house. Really a nice place to visit inexpensively.

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Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile

This is great place. Not expensive, quick to go through and interesting. We took self guided tour, which included a short video. A staff member answered several of our questions. It was a nice outing for a group.

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Reviewed August 19, 2018

We saw an article in the Chicago Tribune about a "Behind the Scenes" night tour of the mansion, so we took a ride to Michigan City. The mansion is beautiful, and it's history and artifacts are terrific. 90% of the furnishings are from the original...More

1  Thank LittleSis54
Reviewed July 27, 2018

An interesting building from the gilded age. Gave us a new perspective of Michigan City. Staff was very helpful and informative.

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Reviewed July 15, 2018 via mobile

We spent about 45 minutes touring the mansion. We did a self guided tour, walked through & watched a 12 minute long video which mostly explained the Barker family history. No pictures allowed! But it was cool to see all the antique stuff inside!

Thank Crystal S
Reviewed May 10, 2018 via mobile

Close to the Lighthouse Mall, a must see for history and antique fans. This mansion features amazing wood-work, period furniture and many other interesting items to see. Plenty of on-street parking and great people to assist in the mansion.

1  Thank MarieA631
Reviewed May 6, 2018

I did not know what to fully expect when I worked this into our Michigan City itinerary, but this was a hidden gem. The gf loves these old mansions, and this one was epic. "When completed the mansion featured 38 rooms, 7 fireplaces, and 10...More

5  Thank runaway2travel
Reviewed December 24, 2017

The Barker Mansion is very awesome to see and here the history. The guided tours are best as your hear all the history of the Barker’s life.

1  Thank grandamking
Reviewed December 23, 2017 via mobile

My boyfriend and I went right before Christmas so we can see the mansion decorated. There were Christmas trees in just about every room, decorated in much the way out would have been during the tine the mansion was lived in. Honestly love the history...More

1  Thank Cassie L
Reviewed December 11, 2017

The Barker Mansion is a special little place filled with Michigan City History. They keep filling their calendar with special events that are fun for all ages. We just finished a Christmas tour that included cupcake decorating. The team there is really bringing a whole...More

1  Thank Eileen O
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Joan B
November 4, 2017|
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Response from Virgil1944 | Reviewed this property |
Guided Tours Tues.-Sat 1PM Fee $8 adult;$5 child Self guided tours on Sat.
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pebbles040663
August 3, 2017|
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Response from bethnswa | Reviewed this property |
No. Gardens where they hold weddings has ramps but not the house.
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Barb M
September 8, 2015|
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Response from Jessica R | Property representative |
Hi Barb, we do allow wedding ceremonies at the mansion. Give a call at (219) 873-1520 or email jrosier@emichigancity. com for details. Jessica Rosier, Director
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