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Address: 808 W Washington St, South Bend, IN 46601-1439 (Formerly Center for History)
Phone Number: 15742359664
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description:

A stately Victorian mansion with original furnishings and stunning woodwork...

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. Joseph River Valley. Our museum is also physically connected to the Studebaker National Museum. You can now visit two museums in one place!

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This would be livable

Intriguing to see how the "other half" lived. Of course you would need servants to do all the dusting in a house with so much intricate woodwork but the house is not overwhelming... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Beth M
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Mason, Ohio
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Mason, Ohio
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32 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Intriguing to see how the "other half" lived. Of course you would need servants to do all the dusting in a house with so much intricate woodwork but the house is not overwhelming. This tour can be purchased along with admission to the Studebaker Museum. The groups are small(10-12) because the hallway space is limited. There are lots of ornate... More 

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Indiana
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well arranged museum to help understand the local history. Beautiful setting and excellent customer service!

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Thank Greatfeets
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

Fantastic! Don't think of this place as just another old house to view. This three story 38 room mansion is unbelievable! The furnishings are original from the Oliver family. The house was left intact as when the family donated it. There are even mannequins dressed with clothes of that era. Spices were even left in the kitchen. You will enjoy... More 

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Thank Oniedu
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

The history museum was fascinating and children could see the way things used to be. We were able to tour the Oliver Mansion also, which is just beautiful.

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1 Thank ruth R
West Lafayette
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

We’d heard of South Bend’s Studebaker Museum, but were not aware that right next door the 38-room Oliver Mansion has preserved in excellent detail the life of an industrial magnate at the turn of the 20th century. A central ticketing area and museum serves both the Studebaker Museum and Oliver Mansion. This museum includes changing exhibits on two floors; we... More 

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Mesa, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

This 38-room mansion is just GORGEOUS! The tours are only at 11, 1 and 2 and it's best to phone ahead as they book up (especially in the summer). The woodwork was so ornate and beautiful, the rooms you just have to see. There is a carriage house, gardens, a worker's house also that is part of the tour. If... More 

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chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

Next to the Studebaker Museum, the History Museum is filled with artifacts and interesting memorabilia from past decades..from kitchen utensils, dishes, toys, stoves, baby buggies, fashion, sports, you name it. I started the tour in the lower level and was too tired to look at the upper floor (previously toured Studebaker Museum). Would definitely like to return.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

Stumbled upon this gem and very glad that Georgie at the front desk persuaded us to take the guided tour of the house. Shirley, our docent, took us on a wonderful voyage into history of South Bend, its industries, and in particular the lives of the Oliver family. The house is magnificent, and so lovingly and thoughtfully preserved for all... More 

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South Bend, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

I have been in this place a couple of times because I love the charm and the history of the Oliver Family! The house is a jaw dropping as soon as you enter the main door! Recommended 100%

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nj, usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Toured the Studebacker Museum and Oliver Mansion with out of town friends on a recent cold and snowy April day. It was fantastic! The mansion is incredible - one of the few historic homes nation-wide that is completely original, down to the kitchen spices that still emit the same aroma as when the home was gifted to the historical society.... More 

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