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Past Exhibits

A new day dawned on January 17, 1920, when the 18th Amendment to the Constitution took effect. For the next 13 years—until Prohibition was repealed in 1933—Americans could no longer manufacture, sell, or transport liquors.

Whether costume design, big-screen cinema, or famous film stars are fancied, The History Museum’s traveling exhibit CUT! Costume and the Cinema is a must-see. The exhibit, featuring over 40 costumes worn by stars in 25 films of the past two decades, is open through Sunday, January 6, 2019. CUT!...

Over 50 objects are showcased in Tiffany: Luminous Masterworks. The centerpiece of the exhibit features 25 exquisite works by glass artist Louis Comfort Tiffany, including stained glass windows, lamps, vases, and pottery—all from the Wester Collection.

It often took two months for the seafaring journeys that brought European explorers to what is now North America. But following the 1492 voyage of Christopher Columbus, they came—they rushed—to claim land for their countries. French voyageurs worked for fur companies to transport goods to and from the New...

Through an exciting array of exhibits, programs, projects, and initiatives, The History Museum is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2017. In 1867, two years after America’s Civil War ended, 33 residents of St. Joseph County resolved to formally preserve local history.

Step right up and see unique, one-of-a-kind objects. Take a gander at unusual items, some of which have not been seen in over 50 years. Find offbeat and unconventional artifacts, all telling remarkable stories of the past. They’re featured in the new exhibit, Our Amazing Cabinet of Curiosities: Keepers...

All the excitement of the BBC/Masterpiece Theater hit Downton Abbey can be experienced in this national touring exhibit that showcases 36 costumes and accessories worn during the first four seasons of Downton Abbey.

Take a journey to the place we call home in this exhibit that showcases the necessity, ingenuity, invention, lifestyles, and evolution of private life and houses.

Portrait of hipster bearded man's side face.

Beards, mustaches, and other forms of facial hair vary widely, depending on cultures and time periods in history.

Knute Rockne’s years as coach catapulted Notre Dame to become a nationally-known contender in football, and it was he who inspired the University to build a stadium that was on par with the team’s prowess. “The House that Rockne Built” has seen seven Fighting Irish football players win the...

Through a series of portraits, the exhibit charts Abraham Lincoln’s transformation from a fresh-faced Illinois congressman to a troubled visage as U.S. President, leading the fight for the Union during the Civil War.

This exhibit offers a glimpse into the personal and political life of South Bend’s own Schuyler Colfax, a man whose name resounds with history and intrigue.

Every age and every culture has needed ways to move from one location to the next. Depending on terrain and technology, people have progressed from footpaths to steam locomotives, from horse drawn wagons to spacecraft.

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