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Address: 631 Washington Street, Michigan City, IN 46360
Phone Number: +1 219-873-1520
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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An interesting slice of local history

A facinating slice of local history. We got a nice tour and video. my husband loved all the innovative architectural design elements. Very fun.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Albuquerque
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

A facinating slice of local history. We got a nice tour and video. my husband loved all the innovative architectural design elements. Very fun.

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Belleville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We toured the Barker Mansion last week in Michigan City, IN. if you like to tour old mansions you will enjoy this place. You can only take pictures of the garden, which is very photogenic. The tour guide was very informed and told us a lot about the history of the house and the family who lived there. The tour... More 

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Michigan City IN, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Loved seeing areas that are not usually allowed on regular tours! We have been to the Barker Mansion many times and love it each time. There is something new to learn every time we go! Can't wait for the Christmas tour.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Very interesting. Have shopped in the area and passed the mansion several times. The $5 tour price is well worth the trip would have paid that to just sit in the garden.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We had a great tour thanks to the two ladies looking after the place that day. It felt as if it was still occupied even though it has not been a residence for 100 years or so. Just so much to see and to learn. And the whole place is so well cared for and looked after. The South Shore... More 

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Michigan City, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

My daughter and I loved the new kids program that they had this summer. It was great to introduce kids to the mansion through animals in the garden. I hear there are tons of other great programs there too! Can't wait!

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Hobart, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

I've been here several times over many years but this time brought relatives from SC. They absolutely loved it's charm and the story behind it. You start w/free time in garden then tour of 3 floors - can't go in all rooms of course but do go in a cool bathroom. house has several fireplaces and old pictures/artifacts. Has small... More 

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San Antonio, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

A mansion in a small town. The tour was very informative and the group size of the tour was fairly small. Lots of time to explore living in another era. Only 3 tours a day, with the last tour at 1:00 PM, so plan accordingly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Great visit and we enjoyed the people and the home. The history is fascinating and we had a nice visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I love touring period homes. This one was magnificent! Since I am from the area, it is always neat to see what people lived like in areas that are familiar to me. Privately funded, the docents and caretakers do an exceptional job of keeping this place magical. I like that we started the tour with a short wait in the... More 

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