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“Very interesting museum”
Review of The History Museum

The History Museum
Ranked #9 of 53 things to do in South Bend
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Very interesting museum”
Reviewed March 31, 2013

This museum is a must-see if you are in the South Bend area. The exhibits are well done, the staff is well-informed, the amount of history displayed is vast and varied, and it's a wonderful place to spend a good part of your day. The Studebaker Museum should not be missed, and make sure you take the time to tour the Oliver Mansion; both are outstanding!

Visited March 2013
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Sherwood, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 228 helpful votes
“Mansion is the reason to visit.”
Reviewed January 18, 2013

The Center is nice, but honestly the mansion is the reason to visit. It is gorgeous architecture and everything is left as it was. The family did not remove a picture, chair or dish when they donated it. The tours are guided and take about an hour. Tickets can be combined with the Studebaker Museum, adjacent. 3 floors, no elevator, no photography

Visited January 2013
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South Bend, Indiana
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“Center for history review”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

I liked the service and the people were very nice. They also had very interesting things to learn about.

Visited August 2012
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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Nice combination with the Studebaker museum.”
Reviewed September 30, 2012

I think that most visitors end up here because of the Studebaker museum. It's well worth the extra couple of bucks to get in. They have rotating exhibits and the one we saw was on turn of the century medical devices. Scary stuff but very interesting. Included is a tour of the Oliver House. Mr. Oliver made his fortune in farm equipment and built a huge mansion. It was lived in until 1987 when it was turned over lock stock and barrel to the museum. You can now tour it and see what an amazing home this was. We didn't see everything but what we did was well laid out and informative.

Visited September 2012
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Dunnellon, Florida
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“The Oliver Mansion is one of the finest house Museums in the country”
Reviewed September 18, 2012

We stopped by the Center for History to see the Gizmo's and Concoctions exhibitiion which was interesting, but the highlight of our visit was the tour of the Oliver Mansion. The mansion is beautiflly maintained and fully furnished. Our tour was conducted by Patrick, a very knowledgable volunteer who conducted a one hour tour and provided a great deal on information on both the mansion and the Oliver family. If you enjoy touring historic homes and mansions don't miss this one, it is stunning.

Visited September 2012
1 Thank Jack S
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