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Address: 302 East Beardsley Avenue, Elkhart, IN 46514
Phone Number: 574-264-0330
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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A fine historic home

This home is beautiful inside and out. I have been on the tours a couple of times and love to see how people lived back when Elkhart was just developing. The tour guides share... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Elkhart, Indiana
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Elkhart, Indiana
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This home is beautiful inside and out. I have been on the tours a couple of times and love to see how people lived back when Elkhart was just developing. The tour guides share with you the house secrets as you walk through it. They take you through different time periods in and out of the house. The old stables... More 

Thank Shewolffie
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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were only in Elkhart for an overnight-heading on to Wisconsin but so glad we took the time to visit Ruthmere! A gorgeous home that has been preserved over the years. The docent was from the area so she had a wealth of information and the tour was very interesting. Would recommend as a stop on your visit to Elkhart!

Thank Paula B
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46 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you enjoy touring city mansions, this is a must while visiting Elkhart. The tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable. The family story is just as interesting as the house itself. Beautiful woodwork and original furnishings are highlights. Parking is convenient and free. Ruthmere is not just a museum, but a true family home that you can easily imagine a... More 

Thank Great2baHawkeye
Shaker Heights, Ohio
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106 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Sizable but not overly impressive from the outside the interior tells a differnt story. The family rooms are pretty lush and the family certainly had some expensive toys for the time. The servants lived pretty well too. The docent was fairly knowledgeable but a bit light on the details of how the family came to be quite so wealthy in... More 

Thank KZ B
Elkhart, Indiana
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43 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I recommend a visit to the mansion at 2 times of the year if you are able. A spring trip allows you to relish in the charm of the beautifully landscaped grounds and all the lush foliage that surrounds the estate. A trip in the winter holiday season with delight you with decorations and usually live music that will surely... More 

Thank Amy A
new york city
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94 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

looking for day trips from fort wayne and came upon ruthmere mansion....well preserved interesting and unusual...some of the technical items in the house were well before their time......a nice day spent would be going to the haviland beardsley home first as it is a little more modest and you will not be disappointed after seeing ruthmere...then head to ruthmere and... More 

Thank jb826
Osprey, Florida
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27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

Came to the museum on a day trip to Elkhart. It has been well preserved and restored and is an elegant representation of mansions of the early 1900's. If your in Elkhart and like historic homes - this is a must see.

Thank spikenails
Niles, Michigan
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22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

lots to learn at this museam great frendly pepole they know all about the place nice and clean has been around for years such a great place to go even wit ur family so ur kids can even learn a lil history and get some nolige on what happened back in the good old days must go place

Thank AngelLike411
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

I had never heard of this museum until I searched for things to do when in the Elkhart, Indiana area. So glad this popped up. We were a few minutes late but took the chance of ringing the buzzer to enquire if we could join in - sure glad we did. Art lovers will appreciate the thought put into each... More 

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Elkhart, Indiana
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2016 via mobile

Ruthmere Museum, named after a young daughter of the Beardsley family, has incredible management to take care of this property! You can take tours throughout the day from 10 AM until 3 PM. It is decorated professionally for the Christmas season! Saturday's in the summer offers live entertainment on the piazza with coffee and delicacies! Evenings throughout the year offer... More 

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