The History Museum and Oliver Mansion

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5January 9, 2019The guided tour of the Oliver Mansion took about two hours. Our guide was knowledgeable and knew her subject well. It was fun to imagine living in that home when it was occupied by the family back in...Read More
4January 5, 2019We traveled to South Bend specifically to see CUT! Costume and the Cinema exhibit at the History Museum before it closed. The exhibit was wonderful and well-arranged.The permanent exhibits were also...Read More
5November 19, 2018Our plan was just to see the Studebaker Museum, but the History Museum is in the same building and we saw just enough from the front ticket desk to pique our interest. Senior discounts are...Read More
Downtown South Bend
808 West Washington Street, 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.