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Center for History

Address: 808 W. Washington St., South Bend, IN 46601
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Ranked #6 of 25 Attractions in South Bend
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: A stately Victorian mansion with original furnishings and stunning woodwork is the highlight of...
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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.

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Saint Joseph, Michigan
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Take a tour of the 38 room Oliver Mansion completed in 1897 with electricity and indoor plumbing! Visit the wide variety of changing exhibitions? Also visit the Studebaker national Museum displaying carriages, cars, trucks, and army vehicles.

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South Bend, Indiana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Super visit for family, single or a group. Very professional in layout and full coverage of the local history. The Woman's Softball exhibit, WWI Remembrance exhibit and others, are well planned out.

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Mishawaka, Indiana
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179 reviews 179 reviews
51 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Fabulous mansion, incredible woodwork, very interesting history of this home and family. Highly recommended. Right next door to the Studebacker Museum.

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Lucas
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88 reviews 88 reviews
36 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This well preserved mansion was built by an early Indiana industrialist, Joseph Oliver who was the founder of the Oliver Chilled Plow Factory. The house was built in 1895 and named Copshaholm. It is well preserved and fully decorated with the Oliver family heirlooms. The tour is well led by an informative docent. The price of admission includes a tour... More 

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Poulsbo, Washington
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59 reviews 59 reviews
55 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

I enjoyed going on the house tour and seeing how the rich and influential lived. I can't imagine ever having that kind of money. The museum was well done and I am glad I went. Since the Studebaker museum is right there, I recommend, going there also.

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Mishawaka, Indiana, United States
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

I took my 2 children they are 5 and 3 and the Kidsfirst exhibit was amazing. My kids did'n't want to leave we did both museums Center for History and the Studebaker museum.. well worth it. We were there for 3 1/2 hrs walked through it all but can't wait to go back because I know I will learn something... More 

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Plymouth, Indiana
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73 reviews 73 reviews
14 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Stopped by after visiting the Studebaker museum. It was definitely worth the visit. There was a lot to see and pleasant staff. Make an afternoon of it and visit both. They are a part of the same building.

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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The Center for History museum was such an amazing surprise. We have seen our share of museums across the country but we both walked out of there wowed. The attention to detail in the displays is prenominal. The interactive displays for adults and children is wonderful. The Afro-American history information and video were excellent. This is a must see even... More 

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Augusta, GA
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271 attraction reviews
260 helpful votes 260 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

For all intents and purposes, we include the Oliver Mansion, Studebaker Museum and History Museum as the Center for History. It's all together and should be done at the same time in my opinion. The actual history exhibit is not enticing in and of itself, but it's worth a look. We did the Studebaker Museum, which is excellent, then did... More 

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Cape Coral, Florida
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

You MUST see this! It's part history of the Oliver Plow company and part Studebaker museum. You get a guided tour of the fabulous Copshaholm Oliver mansion with an informed guide, and a walking tour of a collection of Studebaker automobiles and carriages. You MUST then go two blocks down Washington street, as we did, and wander through the Studebaker... More 

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