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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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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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A stately Victorian mansion with original furnishings and stunning woodwork...

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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Learn more about northern Indiana

In A beautiful old mansion, interesting a place to learn about northern Indiana & South Bend history... Close to the Studebaker museum...

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Colonel Michael O
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In A beautiful old mansion, interesting a place to learn about northern Indiana & South Bend history... Close to the Studebaker museum...

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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

well maintained and clean-it's an interesting museum. educational as well-good telling of the history of the area.

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South Bend, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

I used to love going here when I was younger, but they have added a lot of new stuff since then, and it is still a really fun place to visit with kids, or with people who are visiting from out of town and want to learn a little about the area

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1 Thank millenia716
Wallace
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

We bought two-day passes. We went through the museum and part of the Studebaker museum the first day and went through the Oliver mansion, the workers house and the rest of the Studebaker museum the second day. All of it was wonderful. We go to museums everywhere we go and this one is hard to top in the Midwest. The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015 via mobile

We purchased the joint tickets to this museum and the Studebaker museum. I learnt a lot about South Bend but also the Bendix family. The mansion was very ornate. We didn't take a guided tour just walked around on our own.

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Naples, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

The Mansion is a beautiful reflect of past life in South Bend. The Museum looks just in did in the early 20th Century. A guided tour is required but it is worth having the information to explain the Mansion as well as the family ties to South Bend.

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Manhattan Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

The South Bend History Museum is an excellent way to learn about the St. Joseph Valley region, via numerous exhibits that bring to life the history, people, industries, and the “old days” in general, and also a “Kidsfirst Children’s Museum” for young learners. It also includes the elegant 38-room Oliver mansion, which can be seen via docent-guided tours throughout the... More 

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Fort Mill, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

I lived in the area for over seventeen years and never once visited Copshaholm. Nearly seventeen years later, during a recent vacation back to visit family, we decided to tour the house and museum. I enjoyed myself learning about the Oliver family, their business, and the property. The guide was fun, very informative and I didn't feel rushed. The group... More 

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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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