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Stop if you get a chance to visit this beautiful home

We went to get a tour of the mansion, but missed the tour. They let us walk through ourselves... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Chicago, Illinois
Don't Miss This Local Gem!

I have lived in the area for my entire life and although I have seen the Barker Mansion, I never... read more

Reviewed January 13, 2019
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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...more
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631 Washington St, Michigan City, IN 46360-3419
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We went to get a tour of the mansion, but missed the tour. They let us walk through ourselves. This home is full of history and is beautiful! The people working their are full of knowledge. We spoke with them about the home and learned...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed January 13, 2019

I have lived in the area for my entire life and although I have seen the Barker Mansion, I never stopped in. What a mistake! This place is awesome, especially if you love architecture and history. I happened to be there just in time for...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 27, 2018 via mobile

This mansion is stunning, both inside and out. The Architecture is gorgeous, and I kept finding new things to draw my eye the more I looked around the building. The house is a masterpiece. The thing that truly makes it special though is that so...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed November 25, 2018 via mobile

They have done an excellent job preserving this gorgeous mansion. You can tour all three floors and learn quite a bit about the family through posted information and the laminated card they give you for the self guided tour. There is a Guided Tour but...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 27, 2018 via mobile

If you're interested in history and architecture you have to see this place. We took the self guided tour. This place is said to be 90% original.There are so many of the families original belongings in the house. Really a nice place to visit inexpensively.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile

This is great place. Not expensive, quick to go through and interesting. We took self guided tour, which included a short video. A staff member answered several of our questions. It was a nice outing for a group.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 19, 2018

We saw an article in the Chicago Tribune about a "Behind the Scenes" night tour of the mansion, so we took a ride to Michigan City. The mansion is beautiful, and it's history and artifacts are terrific. 90% of the furnishings are from the original...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 27, 2018

An interesting building from the gilded age. Gave us a new perspective of Michigan City. Staff was very helpful and informative.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Seanjpc
Reviewed July 15, 2018 via mobile

We spent about 45 minutes touring the mansion. We did a self guided tour, walked through & watched a 12 minute long video which mostly explained the Barker family history. No pictures allowed! But it was cool to see all the antique stuff inside!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Crystal S
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.

Date of experience: May 2018
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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.
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.
Barb M
September 8, 2015|
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