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The History Museum

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Address: 808 W. Washington St., South Bend, IN 46601 (Formerly Center for History)
Phone Number: 15742359664
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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. Our museum is also physically connected to the Studebaker National Museum. You can now visit two museums in one place!
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Permanent AAGPBL (A League of Their Own) Exhibit

I visited South Bend for an AAGPBL (the baseball league from "A League of Their Own") reunion. One of the activities planned was to tour the history museum. They are one of few... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I visited South Bend for an AAGPBL (the baseball league from "A League of Their Own") reunion. One of the activities planned was to tour the history museum. They are one of few museums to have a permanent AAGPBL exhibit on display, and it was outstanding. I visited the Baseball Hall of Fame earlier in the year, and this exhibit... More 

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Jabbeke, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

We visited the museum on June 9. There is free parking in front of the museum (on Thomas Street). You can purchase a single ticket or a combo-ticket for 2 dollars more and you can visit the Studebaker museum on the same site. There are 3 levels. You can use the elevators. When you arrive, ask when the next tour... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015 via mobile

Interesting history of Indiana and particularly this area. Many items on display. The information on this area of Indiana during the Civil War was very fascinating. Glad we came here.

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

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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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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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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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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