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The History Museum

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Fun house tour! Informative! Timed tours!

This is a tour of The Oliver mansion. The Oliver's made money selling plows in the mid 1800's. We... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Travelingw6
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Wauseon, Ohio
Great Museum!

We visited the History Museum after touring through the Studebaker Museum and were fortunate to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
jil0
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Lahaina, Hawaii, Usa
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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...more
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808 W Washington St, South Bend, IN 46601-1439
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a tour of The Oliver mansion. The Oliver's made money selling plows in the mid 1800's. We did this museum and the Studebaker museum the same day. The 2 year old did not like the house tour. Everyone else enjoyed it! (2 year...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Travelingw6
The_History_Museum, Public Relations Manager at The History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks for a great description of The History Museum! We hope you also got to see the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (made famous in the movie "A League of Their Own") that's in the lower level next to Kidsfirst. Lots of kids love the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the History Museum after touring through the Studebaker Museum and were fortunate to view a traveling exhibit of Tiffany lamps. I also particularly enjoyed the World War II women's baseball exhibit. However, my main goal was to tour the Oliver Mansion and it...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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The_History_Museum, Public Relations Manager at The History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much! We agree that the Oliver Mansion is a must-see, not only because of its beauty but also because all furnishings are original to the 38-room home. So, visitors get a glimpse of the Oliver family, who lived there from 1897 to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum had the misfortune of following the Studebaker Museum in my day. It has some nice history and a fine array of artifacts. Most of it is most interesting to the local population. Ifa visitor is from the area, he may find some of...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The crown jewel of The History Museum complex in South Bend is no doubt the Oliver Mansion (aka, "Copshaholm"), which on its own merits is well worth the time & the Museum entry fee to schedule a guided tour. The related collection of historical information...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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The_History_Museum, Public Relations Manager at The History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are very happy that you enjoyed your visit at The History Museum! Thank you so much for taking time to write such a glowing review. We look forward to your next visit--and hope you will find the exhibits on view equally as compelling as...More

Reviewed January 9, 2019

The guided tour of the Oliver Mansion took about two hours. Our guide was knowledgeable and knew her subject well. It was fun to imagine living in that home when it was occupied by the family back in the day. The History Museum contains a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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The_History_Museum, Public Relations Manager at The History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2019

Thank you! We're so happy you enjoyed your visit with us. We hope you'll be back!

Reviewed January 5, 2019

We traveled to South Bend specifically to see CUT! Costume and the Cinema exhibit at the History Museum before it closed. The exhibit was wonderful and well-arranged.The permanent exhibits were also fascinating. There is even a children's play area which being adults we did not...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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The_History_Museum, Public Relations Manager at The History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded January 11, 2019

We're so pleased that you enjoyed the CUT! Costume and the Cinema exhibit. It was very popular while here. You are correct; our last tour of the day leaves at 2:00, to allow enough time for visitors to see the 38-room Oliver Mansion plus the...More

Reviewed November 19, 2018

Our plan was just to see the Studebaker Museum, but the History Museum is in the same building and we saw just enough from the front ticket desk to pique our interest. Senior discounts are available. A military discount is also available, though not advertised....More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

It’s a beautiful mansion full of great original furnishings with so much interesting history but our tour guide was not good. We were on a tour with 8 others and she scolded most of them during the tour. She acted like we were kindergarteners. None...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

This Home/Museum is an amazing piece of history, and a step back in time to a wonderful era in America. A lovely home and history of the Oliver family and South Bend. You won't want to leave!

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed September 13, 2018 via mobile

Three museums in one; History Museum, Oliver Mansion, and Studebaker Museum. Mansion and Studebaker are fantastic! History Museum is so-so.

Date of experience: September 2018
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The Oliver House is not handicap accessible, since it was built before 1900.
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