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Address: 808 W Washington St, South Bend, IN 46601-1439 (Formerly Center for History)
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+1 574-235-9664
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

A stately Victorian mansion with original furnishings and stunning woodwork...

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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Downton Abbey Exhibit

Friend of mine ran across this exhibit, so we met in S. Bend (me from Central IN and she from Grand Rapids, MI). Really lovely vignettes with clothes and some props from the... read more

Reviewed 3 November 2016
Fishers, Indiana
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Fishers, Indiana
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433 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2016

Friend of mine ran across this exhibit, so we met in S. Bend (me from Central IN and she from Grand Rapids, MI). Really lovely vignettes with clothes and some props from the show. Plaques provide additional details on the items. They are just breathtakingly exquisite and quite detailed. Took us a little over an hour. Ticket includes some other... More 

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Carmel, Indiana
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108 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2016

We toured this mansion yesterday and was pleasantly surprised. This is a bigger mansion than most I have visited and it is a living museum - just like the Oliver family left it. It is very ornate with so many period pieces. However, it is homey and you can imagine a family living there. It takes between 1.5-2 hours to... More 

1 Thank mer4555
Noblesville, Indiana
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283 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016

We came to the History Museum for the Dressing Downton exhibit. You should get your tickets ahead of time, but they do have a limited number of walk-in tickets available. The Downton exhibit covers the first four seasons and does an excellent description of what was happening at the time of the Titanic sinking to the flapper era. It's neat... More 

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East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2016

I was told about this museum by a friend while I was passing through town. There is a spectacular exhibit from the All American Girl's Baseball League (League of their Own). It was the only exhibit I had time to see but for me it was worth the price of admission alone. I will make a return trip when I... More 

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THM_SouthBend, Director of Education/Webmaster at The History Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the nice review ruffian710. The History Museum is the clearinghouse/archives for all the material belonging to the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. Want to find out more...visit our website at historymuseumSB.org More 

Mason, Ohio
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2016

Intriguing to see how the "other half" lived. Of course you would need servants to do all the dusting in a house with so much intricate woodwork but the house is not overwhelming. This tour can be purchased along with admission to the Studebaker Museum. The groups are small(10-12) because the hallway space is limited. There are lots of ornate... More 

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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2016

Well arranged museum to help understand the local history. Beautiful setting and excellent customer service!

Thank Greatfeets
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

Fantastic! Don't think of this place as just another old house to view. This three story 38 room mansion is unbelievable! The furnishings are original from the Oliver family. The house was left intact as when the family donated it. There are even mannequins dressed with clothes of that era. Spices were even left in the kitchen. You will enjoy... More 

1 Thank Oniedu
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2016

The history museum was fascinating and children could see the way things used to be. We were able to tour the Oliver Mansion also, which is just beautiful.

2 Thank ruth R
West Lafayette
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392 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2016

We’d heard of South Bend’s Studebaker Museum, but were not aware that right next door the 38-room Oliver Mansion has preserved in excellent detail the life of an industrial magnate at the turn of the 20th century. A central ticketing area and museum serves both the Studebaker Museum and Oliver Mansion. This museum includes changing exhibits on two floors; we... More 

1 Thank Mack3065
Mesa, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 June 2016

This 38-room mansion is just GORGEOUS! The tours are only at 11, 1 and 2 and it's best to phone ahead as they book up (especially in the summer). The woodwork was so ornate and beautiful, the rooms you just have to see. There is a carriage house, gardens, a worker's house also that is part of the tour. If... More 

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