The History Museum and Oliver Mansion

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5November 5, 2019A must see if you love old elegant homes and history! We are planning to return near Christmas. Stunning.Read More
5October 18, 2019I am definitely prejudiced as a Studebaker relative, but having also walked the exhibits of many museums, the History Museum in South Bend, Indiana, of which the Studebaker Museum is a large part, is...Read More
5September 17, 2019Unfortunately, I did not allow enough time to absorb all of the greatness this museum had to offer! Some of it is local affair, but some exhibits are astounding. Take your time and enjoy.Read More
Downtown South Bend
808 W Washington St, South Bend, IN 46601

Location Information


The History Museum's mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, exhibit and teach the heritage of the St. Joseph River Valley region. First organized in 1867, The History Museum is the second oldest historical society in Indiana. The site includes: The Oliver Mansion or Copshaholm, the 38-room mansion that was once home to local industrialist J.D. Oliver Worker’s Home, reflecting a Polish immigrant family in the 1930s. It is also the repository for the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League collection which includes photographs, programs, film footage, scrapbooks and playing equipment used by the teams. Individuals and institutions from across the country turn to The History Museum for research and information on the AAGPBL. The History Museum will also serve as the only stop in Indiana or Michigan for the touring exhibit Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times, which features 36 costumes and accessories worn during the first four seasons of the hit show Downton Abbey. The History Museum is adjacent to the Studebaker National Museum.