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Studebaker National Museum
Ranked #3 of 53 things to do in South Bend
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Travel through over a century of transportation history. See the rise of the Studebaker Corporation from its beginnings in small South Bend Blacksmith Shop. Admire over 50 vehicles which tell the Studebaker story and display iconic styling.
Reviewed December 2, 2012

This new museum is connected to the center for history.
Hint call ahead for any free visit days or reduced price days
Plenty of free parking
Hint call and see when the center is sponsoring a studebaker rally or car shows If you bring a car to display usually you get into both museums free.

Hint you are very near the Tippecanoe restaurant the home of the Studebaker family. Plan on going there for lunch

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Reviewed November 28, 2012

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.

Thank Porchsitter
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

We went to South Bend for a Fighting Irish game and had an extra day at the end. Knowing very little about this museum it filled a couple hours and was pretty interesting. It's also right in the historic area so it was an nice walk from downtown.

1  Thank Chris_37_Man
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

A very nice car museum. My husband loved the cars and the memories some of them brought back. I enjoyed all the history - of both the company and of all the events their vehicles were involved in. I would highly recommend buying a combined entrance fee that lets you also tour the Copshaholm mansion, which belonged to the Oliver family. We had a great docent led tour which is worthwhile if you have the time.

1  Thank Kathie W
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

A very nice exhibit of notable Studebakers all the way back to the wagons. My family had a 53 Champion and there it was shining like a star. They also have rotating exhibits and this one was small cars . There was a Mini just like my cousins. Even if you don't have a Studebaker connection, the Studebaker Museum does a good job of explaining how American industry in the Mid West grew from piece by piece production to modern manufacturing.

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