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Address: 631 Washington Street, Michigan City, IN
Phone Number: +1 219-873-1520
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Description: Learn more about the mansion built by one of the founding fathers of the...
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 residents of the City of Michigan City. From educational guided tours to special seasonal functions, the Barker Mansion and Civic Center is a true jewel in the crown of Michigan City. Tour times vary. Admission is $5 per adult and $2 per child.
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Splendid!

The Mansion is truly a Gem, very well kept, the English Garden is beautiful, we were given time to stroll the garden, and the ballroom definitely a must see.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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Valparaiso,IN
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Valparaiso,IN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

The Mansion is truly a Gem, very well kept, the English Garden is beautiful, we were given time to stroll the garden, and the ballroom definitely a must see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015 via mobile

We did this last minute and we were so glad we did. The house was beautiful and the docent quite knowledgeable. The hours can be a bit difficult to find, but well worth your time. Many gems inside...I was impressed by the Tiffany lamps and the marble fireplaces. I had three boys ages 9-13 and they also enjoyed it. Recommend...but... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

I recommend every one come here once in their life escpecially around Christmas or go to one of the tea party's it is so beautiful there! And who doesn't like a mansion! :)

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Michigan City, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We felt like we had taken a time travel trip to the past! The furnishing were just as the family left them many years ago!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Great way to spend a few hours learning about regional history. The guides were two wonderful older women - both warm and engaging as well as full of knowledge. The house is beautiful and so well preserved and filled with the original furniture. I would go back again.

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Michigan City, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 via mobile

I enjoyed the wedding I attended. The atmosphere was lovely. The lighting is very low. Because of this pics are not easy to take. The lady behind the desk was overwhelmingly starchy, to say the least. She -never- cracked a smile even when I took her pic. I told her she was part of the days memories.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

If you visit because someone in your group wants you to go and your not crazy about it you will be pleasantly surprised! Its very interesting to learn the history of this town and Mr. Barker and his family. They made a great contribution to our society and you will enjoy learning about it. Im sure some of it depends... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

The Barker Mansion provides a engaging and interesting historical tour of the home and the city itself. As far as mansions go, the Barker packs a lot history and interest in its relatively short existance (as far as mansions and castles go). It was interesting to hear about how Barker and his daughter influenced the city as well as the... More 

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Springfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 via mobile

The younger gal that gave us our tour was both very knowledgeable and very enthusiastic about both the mansion and her role there. Didn't get her name, but can't say enough good things about both her and the mansion. We were in a very small group and asked questions about several random items throughout the home that she didn't mention... More 

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Owensboro, Kentucky
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We took the tour on a Saturday. There was a decently sized group for the tour. The first thing you are taken to is an 11ish minute video in the basement of the home. The docent set the video up, turned off the lights and left. The video ended, and we sat in the dark. Some people began to laugh... More 

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Address: Address: 631 Washington Street, Michigan City, IN
Phone Number: +1 219-873-1520
Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Michigan City
Average Prices: USD 5 - 5

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