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Center for History

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Address: 808 W. Washington St., South Bend, IN 46601
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Description: A stately Victorian mansion with original furnishings and stunning...
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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Fascinating Place

Visited there for company function. Spent about 4 hours wandering thru it but wished I had more time. Not the attraction that I would usually go to but it was much more... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Visited there for company function. Spent about 4 hours wandering thru it but wished I had more time. Not the attraction that I would usually go to but it was much more interesting than I would have expected. Great place to spend a few hours while in SB.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

The museum contains well done exhibits of South Bend's rôle in the development of modern transportation. Be sure to look at the hall exhibit of Vincent Bendix' life on the way to the Oliver Mansion carriage house. The Oliver Mansion tour itself is delightful in a beautifully preserved house detailing how the rich lived about 125 years ago. We will... More 

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Dover, Delaware
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32 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We stopped to see the Studebaker National Museum, but were sold the combo tickets that included the Center for History. The Center for History Museum was not that great, less than exciting small town museum. (The Studebaker National Museum was great, will review that separately). The guy who sold us the tickets did not do a good job of explaining... More 

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Destin, Florida
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Everything is authentic no reproductions. Quite an experience to learn about how the Butler lived and the house is magnificent even by today's standards.

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Saint Joseph, Michigan
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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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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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61 helpful votes 61 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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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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27 helpful votes 27 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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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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