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Address: 808 W Washington St, South Bend, IN 46601-1439 (Formerly Center for History)
Phone Number: +1 574-235-9664
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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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lovely fall Sunday excursion.

The History Museum hosted the "Dressing Downton" wardrobe; Studebaker car museum and Oliver Mansion for the Campus price/senior discount/plus AAA discount. The Downton costumes... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
judithw100
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Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The History Museum hosted the "Dressing Downton" wardrobe; Studebaker car museum and Oliver Mansion for the Campus price/senior discount/plus AAA discount. The Downton costumes were well presented, well curated, and it was ideal to be able to get up close to the wonderful creations. Brought back lovely memories of watching the series. The tour of the Oliver Mansion was very... More 

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midwest
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I purchased a ticket for the 'Dressing Downton' exhibit and really didn't know much about this museum campus. While I genuinely enjoyed that exhibit, I was really happy with other things the museum had to offer, as well. I had no idea that South Bend had had one of the All American Girls Baseball League franchises! And the tour of... More 

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Fishers, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Friend of mine ran across this exhibit, so we met in S. Bend (me from Central IN and she from Grand Rapids, MI). Really lovely vignettes with clothes and some props from the show. Plaques provide additional details on the items. They are just breathtakingly exquisite and quite detailed. Took us a little over an hour. Ticket includes some other... More 

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Carmel, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

We toured this mansion yesterday and was pleasantly surprised. This is a bigger mansion than most I have visited and it is a living museum - just like the Oliver family left it. It is very ornate with so many period pieces. However, it is homey and you can imagine a family living there. It takes between 1.5-2 hours to... More 

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Noblesville, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

We came to the History Museum for the Dressing Downton exhibit. You should get your tickets ahead of time, but they do have a limited number of walk-in tickets available. The Downton exhibit covers the first four seasons and does an excellent description of what was happening at the time of the Titanic sinking to the flapper era. It's neat... More 

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East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

I was told about this museum by a friend while I was passing through town. There is a spectacular exhibit from the All American Girl's Baseball League (League of their Own). It was the only exhibit I had time to see but for me it was worth the price of admission alone. I will make a return trip when I... More 

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THM_SouthBend, Director of Education/Webmaster at The History Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the nice review ruffian710. The History Museum is the clearinghouse/archives for all the material belonging to the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. Want to find out more...visit our website at historymuseumSB.org More 

Mason, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

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

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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