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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
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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Notre Dame, Indiana, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

The touring exhibits are better than the regular exhibits but the best part is the copshaholm home tour. Definitely get a tour of the 34 room mansion in South Bend previously owned by the Olivers!

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Kalamazoo, MI
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

We went during Christmas season so it was really decorated tastefully. Great tour. Guides were courteous and knowledgeable. The mansion is awesome and well preserved and restored. Definitely worth the visit.

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South Bend, Indiana, United States
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The staff of the center for History create Great events where actors step back in time and share history with the visitor. These together with the Oliver home and the museum itself make a visit more than enjoyable.

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South Bend, Indiana
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

What a great gem in South Bend. Copshaholm is the mansion of the Oliver family. It is preserved as it was in the 1800's. It was beautifully decorated for Christmas with actors portraying the family.

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New Jersey
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7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

The Center for History is right next to the Studebaker Museum and is worth visiting in its own right. While we were visiting there was a wonderful exhibit about the history of chocolate and candy with a lot of activities geared towards children. There was even a special live demonstration on the history of chocolate the weekend we were there,... More

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Bloomington, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

The Studebaker Museum was quite interesting as I had thought it would be and the same holds true for the History Center. South Bend is much more than Notre Dame, as beautiful and as exceptional as it is. This museum complex links some of the fascinating stories of some of the industrial giants of the city's past and for me,... More

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Belleville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

This is well worth a visit if you are in South Bend. There are two floors of displays from the company's original wagons to modern vehicles. We loved it.

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Collierville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

This museum is in the same facility as the Studebaker Museum, they have a combined ticket for both museums and a tour of the Oliver House. I would encourage you to do all three – but be sure to check out the times for the Oliver House tours – it is extraordinary. We had a great guide Justin Miller who... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

It was incredible to imagine that people actually lived like that. I loved all the little thing about the house. How the servants knew which room to go to etc... Definitely a must see.

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Mishawaka, Indiana
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57 reviews 57 reviews
18 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

I love the Oliver Mansion! I could go again and again and I'd learn something new every time. The historic home is very impressive and the family story comes at a turning point for South Bend history as well. I also enjoy how they have a worker's home to show you as well, set from the 1930's for a Polish... More

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