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Review of The History Museum

The History Museum
Ranked #9 of 54 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!
Reviewed 1 July 2014

Who knew South Bend had such a fascinating history? Excellent displays with knowledgeable descriptions. Highlights are the Studebaker museum and Mansion tour.

Thank Robert K
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

A great spot for history buffs. The Oliver`s developed the Chilled Plow manufacturing technique and built a great fortune. They moved into the mansion on Washington just blocks from Clem Sudebaker Estate in January of 1897. Named Copshaolm the mansion has 12,000 square feet of living space on 3 floors. It contains 14 fireplaces, 6 full bathrooms, 3 half baths, and a total of 38 rooms. There are docent led tours that introduce you to the family and the mansion. The Center for History also houses the Studebaker museum and you can purchaser tickets for both. Try and have lunch at the Studebaker Mansion now a restaurant called Tippecanoe Place.

1  Thank Foodie219
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

A unique collection of Studebakers on 2 floors, along with carriages (one of Abraham Lincoln) which the Studebaker company made.
Notre Dame history and rotating collections, (right now there is a World War I exhibition).
The jewel of the collection is a well maintained example of late 19th century home of a local industrialist which is an authentic furnished with family pieces.
You will love all three parts of this museum.

Thank SantaFeDiva
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

This past Saturday I toured with 18 members of our antique automobile club of both the Oliver House and Studebaker Museum. The personal attention was fantastic and the docents were great on providing a very knowledgeable and educational tour of the Oliver mansion. Every one of my club members enjoyed themselves and highly recommend this location for anyone. Currently there is a very excellent exhibit on the forgotten war, World War I and is very educational and informative. The Oliver house is excellent and a great example of a late Victorian house built in the days when craftsmanship was an art. Couldn't get this house built today as you would have a hard time finding anyone that could carve the wood etc. The Studebaker museum is excellent with early exhibits of their carriages though their last years of production in automobiles. Exhibits are displayed very well in well lit areas. This location is very accommodating and friendly for groups and I recommend contacting them if your group is going to be touring the area.

1  Thank Mike32765
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

A very eclectic museum, from WW1 to the Beetles to the 'Oliver' to Notre Dame in addition to many many more - don't miss the tour of the Oliver Mansion

Thank TroyHuggett
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