The History Museum and Oliver Mansion

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3May 21, 2019Oliver House - the 1 hr tour turned into a Gilligan's Island 2 hr, 15 min. guided tour that was just plain too long! That's about what you get at the Biltmore and this is not the Biltmore. It's...Read More
2May 12, 2019The people here were super kind and the children section was fun, it was just really small. And it was kind of its own island. There weren’t interactive children’s exhibits throughout the museum, so...Read More
4April 4, 2019In a city like South Bend, I was admittedly unsure of what to expect of their history museum. I love history museums, but I've been to plenty in much larger cities that were not as well laid out or...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.