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The History Museum

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At The History Museum, tour the Oliver Mansion, a 38-room Victorian house where the J.D. Oliver family once lived. The furnishings on all three floors are original to the house, providing a remarkable glimpse of family life in the mansion. Stroll through two acres of lush historic gardens, and explore a charming cottage reflecting life in the 1930s. View compelling changing exhibits, including a gallery that focuses on Notre Dame history, and learn about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, whose story was immortalized in the film A League of Their Own. Kidsfirst Children’s Museum features an interactive Pioneer Village, perfect for ages 8 and under. Cemetery tours, museum theater, gallery talks, and children’s story times are just some of the intriguing programs presented by The History Museum.

 

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Museum Hours

The History Museum is open seven days a week, except for New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Museum hours are Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m. (All times are Eastern Standard Time)

Tours of the Oliver Mansion and the Worker’s Home are guided, and they are limited in size. There are multiple stairs in both historic houses. House tours are offered Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Kidsfirst Children’s Museum is open to the public Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The History Museum Archives is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., but appointments are preferred. The Archives will be closed to the public from July 20 to August 9, and will reopen August 10.

Looking for our neighbors at the Studebaker National Museum? Click here to visit their website.

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Indiana Trails

This interactive mobile game invites players to explore The History Museum’s Voyages Gallery to learn about the fur trade that was so significant in our history. Based on the famous “The Oregon Trail” game, Indiana Trails lets players experience bygone eras as seen through the eyes of a fur trader or missionary. Players must have their own smartphone. Free with museum admission.

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Galleries

The History Museum has several exciting exhibits throughout the year. Our Changing Gallery, Leighton Gallery, and Carroll Gallery all feature changing exhibits. The Voyages Gallery is a permanent exhibit that chronicles the local history of the St. Joseph River Valley region. The History Museum also hosts the Ernestine M. Raclin Gallery, featuring history of the University of Notre Dame, and a changing exhibit on the history of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.