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The History Museum

808 W Washington St, South Bend, IN 46601-1439
+1 574-235-9664
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Quiet, clean, and enjoyable

Very clean and well organized Museum! We also enjoyed the Dressing Downton exhibit from Downton... read more

Reviewed 29 December 2016
Ryan C
via mobile
Place to go n a snowy day

Went to see the Downtown Abbey display, but because the museum was not busy decided to pay the... read more

Reviewed 24 December 2016
Sue C
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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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808 W Washington St, South Bend, IN 46601-1439
+1 574-235-9664
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Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Very clean and well organized Museum! We also enjoyed the Dressing Downton exhibit from Downton Abbey! The museum was well kept and easy to choose what you wanted to see and what you didn't!

Thank Ryan C
Reviewed 24 December 2016

Went to see the Downtown Abbey display, but because the museum was not busy decided to pay the difference to see the whole museum. We were very surprised to see how many other items were displayed. We started with a short film that told about...More

1  Thank Sue C
Reviewed 14 November 2016

The History Museum hosted the "Dressing Downton" wardrobe; Studebaker car museum and Oliver Mansion for the Campus price/senior discount/plus AAA discount. The Downton costumes were well presented, well curated, and it was ideal to be able to get up close to the wonderful creations. Brought...More

Thank judithw100
Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

I purchased a ticket for the 'Dressing Downton' exhibit and really didn't know much about this museum campus. While I genuinely enjoyed that exhibit, I was really happy with other things the museum had to offer, as well. I had no idea that South Bend...More

1  Thank biscuitgirls
Reviewed 4 November 2016

Friend of mine ran across this exhibit, so we met in S. Bend (me from Central IN and she from Grand Rapids, MI). Really lovely vignettes with clothes and some props from the show. Plaques provide additional details on the items. They are just breathtakingly...More

Thank hellmbeck
Reviewed 29 October 2016

We toured this mansion yesterday and was pleasantly surprised. This is a bigger mansion than most I have visited and it is a living museum - just like the Oliver family left it. It is very ornate with so many period pieces. However, it is...More

1  Thank mer4555
Reviewed 21 October 2016

We came to the History Museum for the Dressing Downton exhibit. You should get your tickets ahead of time, but they do have a limited number of walk-in tickets available. The Downton exhibit covers the first four seasons and does an excellent description of what...More

1  Thank Wheels282
Reviewed 6 September 2016

I was told about this museum by a friend while I was passing through town. There is a spectacular exhibit from the All American Girl's Baseball League (League of their Own). It was the only exhibit I had time to see but for me it...More

1  Thank ruffian710
THM_SouthBend, Director of Education/Webmaster at The History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2016

Thank you for the nice review ruffian710. The History Museum is the clearinghouse/archives for all the material belonging to the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. Want to find out more...visit our website at historymuseumSB.org

Reviewed 12 August 2016

Intriguing to see how the "other half" lived. Of course you would need servants to do all the dusting in a house with so much intricate woodwork but the house is not overwhelming. This tour can be purchased along with admission to the Studebaker Museum....More

1  Thank Beth M
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Well arranged museum to help understand the local history. Beautiful setting and excellent customer service!

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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.