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“Magnificent - Copshaholm - The Oliver Mansion Is An Absolute "MUst See."”
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The History Museum
Ranked #8 of 57 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 6 April 2018

What an experience - visiting Copshaholm - the Oliver family's grand 38 room mansion at the History museum.

This is truly a magnificent home and the docent providing the tour makes one feel like they are meeting, and coming to know, the Oliver family. It was very obvious that the docent was totally knowledgeable in both the history of the home and its inhabitants. and completely enjoyed telling visitors about it. That was special.

It would be difficult to add to the dozens of positive and glowing reviews that previous visitors have recorded. The home is without compare, incredibly beautifully furnished and luxuriously decorated. Outstanding.

It would be difficult to try and describe the beauty of the interior of this home as each room seemed to have its own distinct and different character. The round turrets, multi floors, grand staircases, exquisite woodwork and very ornate ceilings are breathtaking.

The home is truly a national treasure - a "must see" - and certainly worth a lengthy detour to visit if it is not directly on your travel route.

Due to limited mobility we were not able to continue the extended portion of the tour which showcases a tour of a typical 1930's factory worker's home. Those that did complete that portion of the tour said the workers home was well done and was very interesting.

South Bend - you have done an amazing - and most enviable - job of preserving such a great slice of history at your combined Studebaker, Copshaholm, Polish Workers Home and History Museum itself. It seems nearly impossible to see all of it in one day. We will have to come back to see more of it.

Keep up the great work,

1  Thank Wayne B
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

Went thru the Oliver mansion and museum, reasonable cost; in fact we will be getting a yearly membership because of exhibits they have coming up. Enjoyed that it covered "Michiana"

Thank Mary Y
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Reviewed 23 March 2018

The History Museum shares an entrance with the Studebaker National Museum, so if you have the time you may buy tickets for both venues at once. (The Studebaker Museum has world class changing exhibits, and also houses a large collection of Presidential carriages, including Lincoln's carriage used the night of his assassination.) The History Museum has a special tour several times daily of the Oliver Mansion on the grounds. Built in 1898, it was donated largely furnished with original pieces by the Oliver Family, which makes it a rarity among Historical Mansions. There are a few permanent galleries in the Museum building itself (downstairs, but accessible by elevator or stairs) and also changing exhibits on the main floor. This museum houses the history of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League (as depicted in the film: A League of Their Own). Former players have donated one of a kind items from the League. There is a changing exhibit of Notre Dame University history, curated in conjunction with the nearby University. There is a 1930's era Oliver Factory Worker's Home tour on the grounds. The changing gallery exhibits vary from the recent "Dressing Downton" and a showing of one of the surviving Lincoln Emancipation Proclamation copies to the current "Cabinet of Curiosities" highlighting odd, rare and priceless items donated to the Historical Society over the last 150 years. The website is HistoryMuseumSB.org

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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

This was my second time going through this home and I have to tell. You, I could do it a dozen more times! This is the ONLY historical property that I know of that looks as though the owners are just around the corner waiting to say hello. The historical society was handed the keys from the grandchildren of the late J.D. Oliver. This home is so rich in history. It was worth every penny! The tour guide was a small sweet lady good to all who were in her group. I would recommend this to anyone! It is probably. Not a good place to take energetic little ones! Because of the wonderful condition of this home, the Historical Society is very protective, rightfully so!

Thank TravelTime177345
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TheHistoryMuseum, Director of Education at The History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

Thank you for the kind review. We are happy you had such a great time visiting Copshaholm, the Oliver Mansion! Please come visit us again real soon.

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Reviewed 2 March 2018

The tour of the Oliver mansion was very professional and informative. Would recommend seeing this, especially in combination with the Studebaker Museum.

Thank dktraveler17
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TheHistoryMuseum, Director of Education/Webmaster at The History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2018

Thank you dktraveler17 for the kind review. Please visit us again real soon!

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