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The History Museum

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Wonderful mansion but bad tour guide

It’s a beautiful mansion full of great original furnishings with so much interesting history but... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Scarrble1
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What a Delight! Amazing Home/Museum. Great Tour!

This Home/Museum is an amazing piece of history, and a step back in time to a wonderful era in... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
kathymY1120SY
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Vancleave, MS, United States
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A stately Victorian mansion with original furnishings and stunning woodwork is the highlight of this museum complex, which also includes a children's museum, a gallery of Notre Dame history and an exhibit that chronicles the history of the St...more
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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808 W Washington St, South Bend, IN 46601-1439
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It’s a beautiful mansion full of great original furnishings with so much interesting history but our tour guide was not good. We were on a tour with 8 others and she scolded most of them during the tour. She acted like we were kindergarteners. None...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This Home/Museum is an amazing piece of history, and a step back in time to a wonderful era in America. A lovely home and history of the Oliver family and South Bend. You won't want to leave!

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Reviewed September 13, 2018 via mobile

Three museums in one; History Museum, Oliver Mansion, and Studebaker Museum. Mansion and Studebaker are fantastic! History Museum is so-so.

Thank Lou D
Reviewed September 13, 2018

I live just a few miles away in Niles, Mich., yet I've been to the History Museum about 4-5 times over the past several years. It's a great place to take out of town visitors looking for something to do. The exhibits change up routinely,...More

Thank Keri S
Reviewed September 1, 2018

The Oliver Mansion is beautiful. Loved the great tour and the history! Definitely worth seeing. A wedding was taking place on the the beautiful grounds!

Thank Carol R
Reviewed August 23, 2018 via mobile

A museum that includes a tour of the home of J D Oliver, president of the Oliver Chilled Plow Works. A magnificent 38 room mansion on 2.5 acres. The stately home featured lead glass windows, parquet floors, beautifully detailed woodwork and original furnishings. A guided...More

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The_History_Museum, Public Relations Manager at The History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded August 27, 2018

We're so glad you enjoyed your visit with us!

Reviewed August 13, 2018

Once you start getting into history, the path seems to get longer as there is so much more to see than one would realize. To see the old home and how certain people lived is fascinating...if only we all could live that way!

Thank John B
The_History_Museum, Public Relations Manager at The History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2018

We're happy you enjoyed your experience at the Oliver Mansion and The History Museum!

Reviewed August 12, 2018

Extremely interesting history museum. Magnificent display of Tiffany glass and very interesting mansion built by the Oliver family originally from Scotland. Staff and tour guide first class.

Thank Alexandra R
The_History_Museum, Marketing Director at The History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2018

Thank you so much! We're happy you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed August 10, 2018 via mobile

We came to visit the Studebaker Museum (fantastic and well worth visiting) and ended up buying the combined Studebaker Museum / History Museum ticket which provides access to the Oliver Mansion tour. The combined ticket is a good value at $15. We didn’t have time...More

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Reviewed August 3, 2018 via mobile

Horrible tour. Group of 15 were crammed into small places the size of McDonald's restrooms. Older guide forced us to listen to her about every detail. Not allowed to look around at anything. Yelled at everyone. Million-dollar Museum added to mansion has ruined the area....More

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The_History_Museum, Marketing at The History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded August 7, 2018

We appreciate your feedback and regret that your experience was less than positive. We make every effort to create a pleasant tour environment for visitors. Our group size is generally limited to 12 individuals to ensure that all can see the rooms well and hear...More

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Response from Renate P | Reviewed this property |
The Oliver House is not handicap accessible, since it was built before 1900.
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