Obviously this is the THE place to visit for Studebaker fans and any car buffs visiting South Bend, but even if you don’t know much about cars, it’s worth a visit. Museum staff were friendly and the collection extends from Studebaker’s wagon-making days to the intermittent Avanti production of the past few decades. The electric cars of the early 20th century were fascinating in that they had about the same range as electric cars today (albeit slower max speeds), and were replaced by gasoline engines for the same reason these vehicle s aren’t marketable today….hmmm…. Some things you may not expect to see include the carriage in which President Lincoln was riding the night of his assassination, a “backwards-forwards” vehicle that carried U.S. Senators to and from the Capitol, and the car from the Muppet Movie. Also interesting to read about the decline and fall of the American auto industry. Purely as a study in American history, this museum is worth it. Also, if you are visiting with locals who have a library card, the St. Joseph County Public Library loans passes to the museum, so admission is free.
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