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The History Museum

808 W Washington St, South Bend, IN 46601-1439
+1 574-235-9664
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Oliver mansion and Studebaker museum

Buy a combination ticket for $10 and see the Oliver mansion and the Studebaker museum - both very... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ron D
Grand Haven, Michigan
Kidsfirst Museum is Great

We only spent a few hours here and only got through the Women's Baseball Exhibit and Kidsfirst... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jessie P
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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. Joseph River Valley. Our museum is also physically connected to the Studebaker National Museum. You can now visit two museums in one place!
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  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
808 W Washington St, South Bend, IN 46601-1439
+1 574-235-9664
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Buy a combination ticket for $10 and see the Oliver mansion and the Studebaker museum - both very interesting and educational. Amazing that the house with all of the hand hewn stones and the intricate woodwork was buiit in only18 months; must have been a...More

Thank Ron D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We only spent a few hours here and only got through the Women's Baseball Exhibit and Kidsfirst Museum. Both were excellent! Our three kids 6,3,3) spent two hours at the kidsfirst area and could have stayed longer! The person working there did a great job...More

Thank Jessie P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a wonderful time viewing the Oliver Mansion. It was so awesome to see everything still in its place how the family left it. The home has beautiful details throughout, including all the woodwork, mosaic tiles & much more. It's always amazes me to...More

Thank vtgmama
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

Just passing through and stopped because I LOVE HISTORY! The Oliver Mansion is a gem. The house was left as is by the family when donated. Must purchase tickets to tour the home, which is well worth it! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the...More

Thank Miranda W
Reviewed 26 June 2017

Really enjoyed the tour - you walk thru the majority of the house (38 rooms) and the guide has great information about the house and family. Outside of the house is gorgeous (in my opinion). Bought the campus ticket and got 3 museums for $12...More

Thank J t
Reviewed 31 May 2017

The history museum is huge...could not believe how much there was to see..lots of local history and much much more. get the package deal and take the tour of the Oliver Mansion(need to book house tour) and Studebaker Museum..great way to spend the afternoon

Thank Tracie M
TheHistoryMuseum, Director of Education at The History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2017

Thank you for your kind review of The History Museum! We hope you come back and see us again soon.

Reviewed 24 April 2017

This should be an exciting place, for children, especially.But, as most things in this sad town that have been "modernized", it is sadly glum and morose.That they had to lump it in with the Studebacker Museum should be a tipoff..The clothing used in Downton Abbey...More

1  Thank Laszlo N
Reviewed 19 April 2017

South Bend has a mix of really great local museums and historic architecture. The Oliver family left behind several great mansions which are either museums or bed and breakfasts now. The mansion is basically preserved just as the family left it, which is an amazing...More

1  Thank pea1000
Reviewed 10 April 2017

The Oliver Mansion is a beautiful example on how money was spent, but this is also an early example of being prepared for what is coming down the road ie., the light bulb, electricity, recycling, even I was nieve to the fact that I believe...More

Thank Vickie P
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

Originally visited to tour the Studebaker museum which is attached to the history museum. For the added couple dollars it is well worth adding it on if you have the time. The main museum gives a detailed history of the local area. A bunch of...More

2  Thank Chris G
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Response from Ttribe4 | Reviewed this property |
Although the they do have a small elevator that was added later. Not sure if it's functional or in use for the tours. I suggest calling them to find out for certain. There are quite a few steps and a large staircase.