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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
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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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Time Travel

This beautiful mansion takes you back in time. It is really amazing and it has an enchanted feel to it. The guides were helpful and answered my questions. I wish I could live in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 30, 2015
Andrea E
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Merrillville, Indiana
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Merrillville, Indiana
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

This beautiful mansion takes you back in time. It is really amazing and it has an enchanted feel to it. The guides were helpful and answered my questions. I wish I could live in this house :)

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Howell, Michigan, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

Very nice mansion. Tours are self-guided and $5 for adults. They gave us a pamphlet, which gave us a little information about each room. I was hoping for a little more information about the family and the mansion, but it was still nice overall.

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Michigan City, Indiana
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Built in 1858 by railroad car tycoon John Barker. whom merged his company with the Pullman railroad car company based in Michigan City, Indiana. Contains 90% original furnishings and is a glimpse into the well-to-do's life of the late 1800's. They have guided and unguided tours.

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Michigan City, Indiana
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

the mansion isa must see, its a great place to bring guests, its beautiful and decorated for the seasons . check for specials , like high tea, Christmas tours and much more

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Southfield, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

This was a really nice attraction. Get there a little early and you can roam around the garden - the only point in the tour you can take pictures. Then you go to the basement and watch an informational movie about the Barker family and the house. Then they take you on a very nice, informative tour through the house.... More 

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Albuquerque
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

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

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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