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The History Museum

808 W Washington St, South Bend, IN 46601-1439
+1 574-235-9664
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The actual history museum is fascinating in itself......

particularly pertaining to the history of the area such as "A Leauge of Their Own' display and... read more

Reviewed 13 September 2017
Athens, Georgia
Excellent attention to detail!

This is my fourth trip to Copshaholm (now known as the History Museum or Oliver Mansion) and I keep... read more

Reviewed 9 September 2017
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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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“oliver mansion” (41 reviews)
“downton abbey” (6 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
808 W Washington St, South Bend, IN 46601-1439
+1 574-235-9664
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Reviewed 13 September 2017

particularly pertaining to the history of the area such as "A Leauge of Their Own' display and pertaining to South Bend and manufacturing in the area (I had no idea that Singer sewing machine cabinets were made there) but the "icing on the cake" is...More

Thank tencatdaddy
TheHistoryMuseum, Director of Education at The History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind review...we are really pleased you had a good time visiting our facility plus the Oliver Mansion. Sorry about the cell phones, I sometimes forget to tell a group I'm leading through the mansion to silence cell phones (until one goes...More

Reviewed 9 September 2017

This is my fourth trip to Copshaholm (now known as the History Museum or Oliver Mansion) and I keep finding things that are new to me. Unfortunately, you can only go through the house with a guided tour - do not forgo the tour, even...More

Thank UMCGraduate
Reviewed 26 August 2017

Had only heard about the Studebaker Museum so the Oliver Mansion Tour associated with it was a fabulous treat. Very well appointed with original family pieces and very inclusive tour. Highly recommend the whole complex. Note: I posted it to the FaceBook Page for Mansions...More

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TheHistoryMuseum, Webmaster at The History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2017

Hi...thanks for your nice review of The History Museum and the Oliver Mansion. We are glad you had a great tour and hope you come back and see us real soon.

Reviewed 3 August 2017

Buy a combination ticket for $10 and see the Oliver mansion and the Studebaker museum - both very interesting and educational. Amazing that the house with all of the hand hewn stones and the intricate woodwork was buiit in only18 months; must have been a...More

Thank Ron D
Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

We only spent a few hours here and only got through the Women's Baseball Exhibit and Kidsfirst Museum. Both were excellent! Our three kids 6,3,3) spent two hours at the kidsfirst area and could have stayed longer! The person working there did a great job...More

Thank Jessie P
Reviewed 19 July 2017

We had a wonderful time viewing the Oliver Mansion. It was so awesome to see everything still in its place how the family left it. The home has beautiful details throughout, including all the woodwork, mosaic tiles & much more. It's always amazes me to...More

Thank vtgmama
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

Just passing through and stopped because I LOVE HISTORY! The Oliver Mansion is a gem. The house was left as is by the family when donated. Must purchase tickets to tour the home, which is well worth it! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the...More

Thank Miranda W
Reviewed 27 June 2017

Really enjoyed the tour - you walk thru the majority of the house (38 rooms) and the guide has great information about the house and family. Outside of the house is gorgeous (in my opinion). Bought the campus ticket and got 3 museums for $12...More

Thank J t
Reviewed 1 June 2017

The history museum is huge...could not believe how much there was to see..lots of local history and much much more. get the package deal and take the tour of the Oliver Mansion(need to book house tour) and Studebaker Museum..great way to spend the afternoon

Thank Tracie M
TheHistoryMuseum, Director of Education at The History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2017

Thank you for your kind review of The History Museum! We hope you come back and see us again soon.

Reviewed 24 April 2017

This should be an exciting place, for children, especially.But, as most things in this sad town that have been "modernized", it is sadly glum and morose.That they had to lump it in with the Studebacker Museum should be a tipoff..The clothing used in Downton Abbey...More

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Response from Ttribe4 | Reviewed this property |
Although the they do have a small elevator that was added later. Not sure if it's functional or in use for the tours. I suggest calling them to find out for certain. There are quite a few steps and a large staircase.