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The History Museum

808 W Washington St, South Bend, IN 46601-1439
+1 574-235-9664
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We enjoyed our tour!

Once you start getting into history, the path seems to get longer as there is so much more to see... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
John B
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Franklin, Wisconsin
Oliver Family in South Bend

Extremely interesting history museum. Magnificent display of Tiffany glass and very interesting... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Alexandra R
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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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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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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808 W Washington St, South Bend, IN 46601-1439
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+1 574-235-9664
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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!

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The_History_Museum, Public Relations Manager at The History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

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

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Extremely interesting history museum. Magnificent display of Tiffany glass and very interesting mansion built by the Oliver family originally from Scotland. Staff and tour guide first class.

Thank Alexandra R
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The_History_Museum, Marketing Director at The History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much! We're happy you enjoyed your visit!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came to visit the Studebaker Museum (fantastic and well worth visiting) and ended up buying the combined Studebaker Museum / History Museum ticket which provides access to the Oliver Mansion tour. The combined ticket is a good value at $15. We didn’t have time...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Horrible tour. Group of 15 were crammed into small places the size of McDonald's restrooms. Older guide forced us to listen to her about every detail. Not allowed to look around at anything. Yelled at everyone. Million-dollar Museum added to mansion has ruined the area....More

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The_History_Museum, Marketing at The History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We appreciate your feedback and regret that your experience was less than positive. We make every effort to create a pleasant tour environment for visitors. Our group size is generally limited to 12 individuals to ensure that all can see the rooms well and hear...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The older lady we got was VERY rude to several of the people in our group... It took 1 hr and 15 minutes just to get thru the "Worker home" and 1st floor of Mansion. We ended up leaving the tour on the 1st floor...More

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The_History_Museum, Director of Marketing at The History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We appreciate your feedback and regret that your experience was less than positive. Our average tour time is 90 minutes to 2 hours; it usually varies depending on the number of questions from the tour group. Leaving the tour early is always an option. We...More

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Reviewed 26 June 2018

Loved visiting this museum along with the Studebaker museum. They were connected and that made it very convenient. Loved that the joint ticket was good for 2 days. Really enjoyed all of the displays especially the Tiffany and Girls baseball league displays. Good value and...More

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TheHistoryMuseum, Manager at The History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2018

Thank you for your kind review 217goodtogo! We are pleased you enjoyed our museum(s). Looking forward to having you visit us again.

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Reviewed 12 June 2018

The highlight of the history museum is the guided tour of the Oliver Mansion. There is also an interesting exhibit about the South Bend Ladies professional baseball team that was active during WWII. The History museum is housed in the same building as the Studebaker...More

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Reviewed 10 June 2018

A small but very interesting museum. A double ticket can be obtained to visit the historical museum together with the Oliver Mansion.

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Reviewed 28 May 2018

This place was awesome. The tour explained so much & the family was so generous to share this piece of history with the public. The details in this place are a testament to the Oliver Family. To see all the original furniture and accessories made...More

1  Thank Linda B
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TheHistoryMuseum, Manager at The History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2018

Hi Linda B...thanks for visiting us and going through the Oliver Mansion. We're glad you liked it and learned a lot. Please visit us again real soon. Your friends at The History Museum

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Reviewed 1 May 2018

The house is beautiful and worth the tour. It actually visited this home a few years ago and wasn't super pleased with the tour guide. An older woman that didn't really have the personality to be a tour guide. She was a bit bossy. My...More

1  Thank Chipinlove
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BusterB8
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Response from Renate P | Reviewed this property |
The Oliver House is not handicap accessible, since it was built before 1900.
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