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The History Museum

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Loved the Tour of Mansion/Museum Full of Displays and Info

The guided tour of the Oliver Mansion took about two hours. Our guide was knowledgeable and knew... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
12NancyG
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Decatur
Great Museum But Wish Could View Mansion

We traveled to South Bend specifically to see CUT! Costume and the Cinema exhibit at the History... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Natalie B
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Chicago, Illinois
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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...more
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808 W Washington St, South Bend, IN 46601-1439
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The guided tour of the Oliver Mansion took about two hours. Our guide was knowledgeable and knew her subject well. It was fun to imagine living in that home when it was occupied by the family back in the day. The History Museum contains a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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The_History_Museum, Public Relations Manager at The History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you! We're so happy you enjoyed your visit with us. We hope you'll be back!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We traveled to South Bend specifically to see CUT! Costume and the Cinema exhibit at the History Museum before it closed. The exhibit was wonderful and well-arranged.The permanent exhibits were also fascinating. There is even a children's play area which being adults we did not...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Natalie B
The_History_Museum, Public Relations Manager at The History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We're so pleased that you enjoyed the CUT! Costume and the Cinema exhibit. It was very popular while here. You are correct; our last tour of the day leaves at 2:00, to allow enough time for visitors to see the 38-room Oliver Mansion plus the...More

Reviewed 19 November 2018

Our plan was just to see the Studebaker Museum, but the History Museum is in the same building and we saw just enough from the front ticket desk to pique our interest. Senior discounts are available. A military discount is also available, though not advertised....More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 15 October 2018 via mobile

It’s a beautiful mansion full of great original furnishings with so much interesting history but our tour guide was not good. We were on a tour with 8 others and she scolded most of them during the tour. She acted like we were kindergarteners. None...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 3 October 2018

This Home/Museum is an amazing piece of history, and a step back in time to a wonderful era in America. A lovely home and history of the Oliver family and South Bend. You won't want to leave!

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile

Three museums in one; History Museum, Oliver Mansion, and Studebaker Museum. Mansion and Studebaker are fantastic! History Museum is so-so.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 14 September 2018

I live just a few miles away in Niles, Mich., yet I've been to the History Museum about 4-5 times over the past several years. It's a great place to take out of town visitors looking for something to do. The exhibits change up routinely,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 1 September 2018

The Oliver Mansion is beautiful. Loved the great tour and the history! Definitely worth seeing. A wedding was taking place on the the beautiful grounds!

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 24 August 2018 via mobile

A museum that includes a tour of the home of J D Oliver, president of the Oliver Chilled Plow Works. A magnificent 38 room mansion on 2.5 acres. The stately home featured lead glass windows, parquet floors, beautifully detailed woodwork and original furnishings. A guided...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Betty4697
The_History_Museum, Public Relations Manager at The History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2018

We're so glad you enjoyed your visit with us!

Reviewed 14 August 2018

Once you start getting into history, the path seems to get longer as there is so much more to see than one would realize. To see the old home and how certain people lived is fascinating...if only we all could live that way!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank John B
The_History_Museum, Public Relations Manager at The History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2018

We're happy you enjoyed your experience at the Oliver Mansion and The History Museum!

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The Oliver House is not handicap accessible, since it was built before 1900.
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