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Center for History

808 W. Washington St., South Bend, IN 46601
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Ranked #5 of 27 Attractions in South Bend
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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Lucas
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70 reviews 70 reviews
30 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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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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Plymouth, Indiana
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
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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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248 attraction reviews
225 helpful votes 225 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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13 attraction reviews
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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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Louisville
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Who knew South Bend had such a fascinating history? Excellent displays with knowledgeable descriptions. Highlights are the Studebaker museum and Mansion tour.

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Mishawaka, IN
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35 reviews 35 reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

A great spot for history buffs. The Oliver`s developed the Chilled Plow manufacturing technique and built a great fortune. They moved into the mansion on Washington just blocks from Clem Sudebaker Estate in January of 1897. Named Copshaolm the mansion has 12,000 square feet of living space on 3 floors. It contains 14 fireplaces, 6 full bathrooms, 3 half baths,... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

A unique collection of Studebakers on 2 floors, along with carriages (one of Abraham Lincoln) which the Studebaker company made. Notre Dame history and rotating collections, (right now there is a World War I exhibition). The jewel of the collection is a well maintained example of late 19th century home of a local industrialist which is an authentic furnished with... More

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