The History Museum

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Travis Childs, The History Museum’s Director of Education, is the St. Joseph County Historian, appointed by the Indiana Historical Society and the Indiana Historical Bureau.
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February 25, 2017 – January 8, 2018 In 1867--150 years ago--33 residents of St. Joseph County resolved to formally preserve local history.
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Author Keith O’Brien, in partnership with The History Museum, is requesting interviews with individuals who worked for or had some connection with local industrialist Vincent Bendix.

Directions & Parking

The History Museum’s postal address is 808 West Washington Street, South Bend, Indiana 46601. However, the main entrance to The History Museum and the Studebaker National Museum is located on Thomas Street, which is between Washington Street & Western Avenue (one block south of Washington Street). If you are using a GPS or mobile device, enter 897 Thomas Street, South Bend, Indiana 46601. Free parking for visitors is located adjacent to the front entrance.

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.

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

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.

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