The History Museum and the Oliver Mansion are home to some of South Bend’s most legendary names and artifacts. The 38-room Victorian mansion
was once owned by the Oliver family, which brought decades of industrial opportunity to the area thanks to their innovative eye for agricultural advancement. The family’s original furnishings now fill the rooms, making guests feel like they have stepped back in time with every tour.
The History Museum also features a gallery dedicated to the University of Notre Dame’s history, a children’s exhibit, and it serves as the national repository for artifacts and memorabilia of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. This permanent exhibit, Polished in Public, Fierce on the Field, takes a look at the athletes that made up the AAGPBL and the pressures put on them to be both fierce competitors and “beautiful and ladylike” all at once.
On display now, you can see the exhibits Voyageurs: French Exploration of the New World and Commitment, Continuity, and Community: Archiecture of Notre Dame, 1898 – Present. Voyageurs tells the story of the years of the Great Lakes fur trade and reveals the lifestyle, demands, and rewards of this unique era in history. Then, you can dive into the breathtaking architecture that makes Notre Dame the iconic collegiate campus what it is.
South Bend Just Got a Whole Lot Closer
The recent changes made to U.S. 31 have made traveling between South Bend and Indianapolis quicker and easier than ever before. The straight shot makes for a convenient jaunt that will take you straight to some of the South Bend area’s most-loved attractions. A trip to the South Bend area wouldn’t be complete without cheering for the South Bend Cubs at Four Winds Field; experiencing South Bend’s industrial legacy at the Studebaker National Museum and The History Museum; touring the South Bend Chocolate Company factory and tasting some sweet treats; and being showered with the world-class hospitality of the Morris Inn at Notre Dame.