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Studebaker National Museum

Address: 201 S. Chapin St, South Bend, IN 46601
Phone Number: 888-391-5600
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Ranked #3 of 25 Attractions in South Bend
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Owner description: This tribute to the now-defunct Studebaker automobile exhibits over 75 vehicles that span the 114-year history of the company, from the Studebaker family's Conestoga Wagon to the final car to roll off the assembly line.

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Ohio
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38 reviews 38 reviews
3 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Ditto to all the great reviews of this wonderful museum. It’s not just about automotive history but also a great story of how a business evolved and survived for well over 100 years and how businesses and individuals had to adapt during the World Wars. At the time of this writing there is an impressive World War 1 exhibit that... More

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St. Andrews, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Enjoyed looking at all the cars and learning about the history of the car industry in Indiana. Managed to take pics sitting in one of the cars :)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

This is a great place to learn a bit about local history. You can see the pprogression of the Studebaker wagons to cars and how the city of South bend grew around this production. If you do not enjoy history or cars, this is not the place for you.

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Mishawaka, Indiana
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173 reviews 173 reviews
51 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

You don't have to like cars to like this place. Very well done, great lighting, fabulous vehicles. Really special. Very friendly folks helping out. Highly recommended. Plan to spend at least an hour here.

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South Bend, Indiana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This museum is a must see for any visitor to the South Bend area. I have been a long term resident of South Bend and this is a place that I love to bring family and friends. There is always a new exhibit that will interest someone. Who knew that the carriage that carried Lincoln to Ford's Theater that fateful... More

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Acton
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7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the Studebaker Museum and was worth every penny! When the docent did not know the answer to the question I asked, he went out of his way to find the answer! (Where did the Studebaker's originate in Germany? Answer: Solingen) The displays were professionally staged, using the vehicles of the era. Very well done!... More

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Lucas
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This is a must-see museum for any car buff or anyone who grew up in the forties or fifties. However it is enjoyable for all. It is dedicated to Studebakers which pioneered many innovations in the early years of the automobile and produced some of the most stylish and inventive cars in the late forties and early fifties. The Studebaker... More

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Poulsbo, Washington
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

If you like cars, you need to come to the museum. I had fun walking around and seeing such beautiful cars. I liked some of the history there too

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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31 reviews 31 reviews
22 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

If you're visiting the South Bend area, and are car or history aficionado, you need to visit this museum. They've got a surprisingly great collection of cars from the past. I don't know that small children will enjoy the visit, but my 12-year-old enjoyed it, as well as my parents. It's a little off the beaten track but it's worth... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Considering all the vehicles in this museum are Studebakers, it’s really a good size. For the most part, the cars are displayed quite nicely with views from various angles and nice display settings. The exception is downstairs on the lowest level where the cars are “stacked.” The top layer really can’t be viewed at all. Staff were quite knowledgeable about... More

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