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Address: 631 Washington St, Michigan City, IN 46360-3419
Phone Number: +1 219-873-1520
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Learn more about the mansion built by one of the founding fathers of the...

Learn more about the mansion built by one of the founding fathers of the rail car industry, John H. Barker. This house, while actually lived in for only a very short time, has brought many years of enjoyment to the Barker family, and to the residents of the City of Michigan City. From educational guided tours to special seasonal functions, the Barker Mansion and Civic Center is a true jewel in the crown of Michigan City.

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Behind the scenes in this amazing mansion .

You can take a self guided tour of the mansion or do a behind the scene tour on a Wednesday evening. It was so worth taking the Wednesday evening tour with the Barker Mansion... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Jo K
Villa Park, Illinois
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Villa Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You can take a self guided tour of the mansion or do a behind the scene tour on a Wednesday evening. It was so worth taking the Wednesday evening tour with the Barker Mansion Director, Jessica, who took us through both parts of the mansion, all the rooms and areas that are roped off on the self guided tour during... More 

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Fishers, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting tour, and educational. Home was furnished with almost 90% original items. Tour guide was informative and kept it fun and fascinating. One of the best home tours. I had two teenage boys with me and they remained interested. It was too cold to do the garden area, however. Would highly recommend tour to anyone.

Thank Dena B
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

This place was huge and beautiful.The staff and tour guide was very informative.The garden was very beautiful.

Thank Rose H
Michigan City, Indiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

Very interesting and educational. Great place for adults as well as children. Love the tea party.. Spectacular time to visit is Christmas

Thank Alice W
Bossier City, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

what a historic home. very interesting. certainly beautiful. loved the tour of the inside & the grounds. I can just see how the family lived there,

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

Beautiful home with so many of the original artifacts intact.Three stories. One a clock guided tour for 5.00.

Thank AaronFWA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016 via mobile

I was in the area looking for something to do on a rainy Saturday afternoon. Saw the wonderful reviews on Trip Advisor. Decided to stop by. It's 2:15 P.M. They're closed. Gave a tour at 1, and that's it. Oh well. So I didn't get to see it. Check out their website for tour times. Now what should I do?

Thank Loonyteach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016 via mobile

Absolutely worth a visit. We toured with a Brownie Troop and the girls were captivated by the history and the house. A,must see.

Thank Jennifer B
Michigan City, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016 via mobile

Barker Mansion is an amazing step back into the time the Haskell- Barker Company was making the rails of America strong. Don't miss a tour of this National Register Mansion and gardens!

Thank 928SMM
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2016

The hour tour was great, well worth the $5. I have seen mansions/castles around the US and Europe and this competed with the best of them. Beautiful, authentic touches and the tour was very informative. Highly recommend.

Thank Danny D

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