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Address: 631 Washington Street, Michigan City, IN 46360
Phone Number: +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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Like walking through the past

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Cassie L
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Michigan City, Indiana
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Michigan City, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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Hudsonville
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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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Valparaiso, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

This is a very well preserved example of how the very wealthy lived at the turn of the 20th century. The home has been well cared for and almost all the furnishings are original to the home. The home very well illustrates how differently the wealthy lived 100+ years ago compared to today. There are very few opportunities for entertainment... More 

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Taylor, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

This house is incredible. A house built in the 19th century has all the modern convinces we have in ours today. A true visionary conceived the plans for this house. It has central heat, central AC, both electricity and natural gas. The master suit bath room is quite large and contains a commode such as we nave now. a bidet,... More 

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Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Bark Mansion is a nice little historical gem in Michigan City. It is fun to walk through the various rooms and see the history and the snapshot in to life when the family lived there. Free mini tours on First Fridays.

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Somerset, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Took the tour of the mansion, very interesting. Most of the furniture is original to the house. Several flights of stairs, so if you are not able to climb the stairs might not be for you.

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Michigan City, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Somehow the Barker Mansion survived Michigan City governments' hunger in past decades to destroy just about every building of character or history. Much of downtown Michigan City looks like a European city yet to fully recover from World War II: vast expanses of empty lots. But the destruction was brought one by the folly of public officials, not a foreign... More 

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