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Barker Mansion

631 Washington St, Michigan City, IN 46360-3419
+1 219-873-1520
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A Michigan City Gem

Close to the Lighthouse Mall, a must see for history and antique fans. This mansion features... read more

Reviewed May 10, 2018
Marie A
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Chesterton, Indiana
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Extraordinary Mansion & History

I did not know what to fully expect when I worked this into our Michigan City itinerary, but this... read more

Reviewed May 6, 2018
LifeisTooShort69
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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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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  • Very good23%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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631 Washington St, Michigan City, IN 46360-3419
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+1 219-873-1520
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Reviewed May 10, 2018 via mobile

Close to the Lighthouse Mall, a must see for history and antique fans. This mansion features amazing wood-work, period furniture and many other interesting items to see. Plenty of on-street parking and great people to assist in the mansion.

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Reviewed May 6, 2018

I did not know what to fully expect when I worked this into our Michigan City itinerary, but this was a hidden gem. The gf loves these old mansions, and this one was epic. "When completed the mansion featured 38 rooms, 7 fireplaces, and 10...More

3  Thank LifeisTooShort69
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Reviewed December 24, 2017

The Barker Mansion is very awesome to see and here the history. The guided tours are best as your hear all the history of the Barker’s life.

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Reviewed December 23, 2017 via mobile

My boyfriend and I went right before Christmas so we can see the mansion decorated. There were Christmas trees in just about every room, decorated in much the way out would have been during the tine the mansion was lived in. Honestly love the history...More

Thank Cassie L
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Reviewed December 11, 2017

The Barker Mansion is a special little place filled with Michigan City History. They keep filling their calendar with special events that are fun for all ages. We just finished a Christmas tour that included cupcake decorating. The team there is really bringing a whole...More

1  Thank Eileen O
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Reviewed December 7, 2017 via mobile

The mansion is beautiful and the history is fascinating. Definitely worh a visit! In December the rooms are decorated for Christmas so it makes it extra cozy. Friendly staff too!

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Reviewed November 9, 2017

Highly recommend this tour. Original furnishings and art throughout. We learned so much not only about the house, but about the area's history! Our guide was patient and thorough and very pleasant. The garden and grounds are beautifully maintained.

1  Thank Mary M
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Reviewed October 20, 2017

The Barker Mansion is an educational opportunity for all age groups. The original furniture is on display. The guide was friendly and very knowledgeable.

Thank Maria M
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Reviewed September 18, 2017

We went on the guided tour and had an great time. The home and gardens are absolutely beautiful. Our tour guide was very informed and interesting. This is a great way to spend an afternoon.

Thank Laurette H
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Reviewed September 18, 2017

They offer guided tours at 1:00 Tuesday through Saturday. We arrived at 11 so did the self-guided tour for which they provided a laminated sheet that basically includes the information presented on the tour. The young man at the desk was very enthusiastic and eager...More

Thank tanda367
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Joan B
November 4, 2017|
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Response from Virgil1944 | Reviewed this property |
Guided Tours Tues.-Sat 1PM Fee $8 adult;$5 child Self guided tours on Sat.
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pebbles040663
August 3, 2017|
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Response from bethnswa | Reviewed this property |
No. Gardens where they hold weddings has ramps but not the house.
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Barb M
September 8, 2015|
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Response from Jessica R | Property representative |
Hi Barb, we do allow wedding ceremonies at the mansion. Give a call at (219) 873-1520 or email jrosier@emichigancity. com for details. Jessica Rosier, Director
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