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Address: 631 Washington Street, Michigan City, IN 46360
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+1 219-873-1520
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Learn more about the mansion built by one of the founding fathers of the...

Learn more about the mansion built by one of the founding fathers of the rail car industry, John H. Barker. This house, while actually lived in for only a very short time, has brought many years of enjoyment to the Barker family, and to the residents of the City of Michigan City. From educational guided tours to special seasonal functions, the Barker Mansion and Civic Center is a true jewel in the crown of Michigan City.

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We went for the guided tour of the Barker Mansion today.We couldn't believe how well taken care of this house was! We got there a little early for the 1pm guided tour and were... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 January 2017
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Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

We went for the guided tour of the Barker Mansion today.We couldn't believe how well taken care of this house was! We got there a little early for the 1pm guided tour and were told to look around while we waited. The furnishings were gorgeous! The guide was knowledgeable and informative.Because it was the winter season and not very crowded-we... More 

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Lynwood,IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Looking to explore another vintage era house, we traveled to Michigan City(about 45 away) on a Friday afternoon. We were warmly greeted by TJ and strolled the first floor while waiting for the guided tour. He was very well learned about the mansion and shared the info freely. Looking forward to going in the summer to see the gardens.

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Michigan City IN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

My family and I went to the tour of the Barker Mansion . Similar to the Nuts and Bolts tour, we got to see the behind the scenes areas of the mansion. It was the most beautiful and interesting tour we went on through the Mansion. The tour guides were very informative and enjoyed the questions asked by everyone. Very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

We were looking to get out of our hotel and explore. Being winter time many items are closed even a few that stated open. We did the unguided tour and had a very nice time. The volunteer at the front desk was friendly and very helpful. We all enjoyed taking this tour and learned a lot of information. A nice... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

This is a great place to visit. It is decorated for the time period. They offer both self guided tours and employee guided tours. Check for the tour times.

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Michigan City, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

I've visited the Barker Mansion many times and I'm always in pressed by the style and elegance this mansion holds. If you're in town then I would highly recommend visiting. They host tours and decorate for Christmas.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

My mom and I were on our annual shopping trip at the outlet stores when we passed by this mansion. There was a sign that it was open for a guided tour today. What a great find. The historic mansion has so much history and has original decor and furnishings. Our guide was very knowledgeable and explained the rooms and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

My daughter and I visited the Manson today and loved it. The building has the original furniture. The grounds are beautiful. It is well worth the price, plus, the guide was very informative.

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Millington, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Visited this mansion this past march with my sister. We loved it, such beautiful detail inside. The tour guide was very informative and new a lot about the history of this mansion.

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New Buffalo, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

On certain days there is a guided tour, that's what we did. Around Halloween they do candle lit events that must be cool. Starts out a little boring because they introduce you to the family with a video but you will soon be walking through an ornate and magnificent antique family dwelling. Too much history to list and anyone who... More 

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