Posts Tagged With: The History Museum

Visiting the Oliver Mansion at Christmas

My Daughter and I enjoyed a tour of the Oliver Mansion called Copshaholm in October when we went to the Dressing Downton exhibit.  We really wanted to see this mansion decorated for Christmas.  The roads in the Midwest can be iffy at best in December but we lucked out and the snow changed to rain during our trip. The roads were not the best the whole time but we had safe travels.

We called ahead and were able to add our names to the 11am tour listing the day before.  I did not want to make the long drive and then not be able to tour the house.  You can do this by calling 574-235-9664 and speaking to the staff.

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This time our tour began in the carriage house connected to the museum so we had very little time outside.

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Visiting the Studebaker National Museum

Part of our combo ticket to the History Museum in South Bend included admission to the Studebaker National Museum next door.  General admission to this museum alone is $8 or you can purchase a combo ticket for both museums for $12 for adults.  Seniors over 60 pay only $10 for a combo ticket.

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We took maybe an hour to tour all three floors of the museum. They do offer an elevator.

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Dressing Downton Exhibit in South Bend

My Daughter and I used to eagerly await Sunday nights for the next Masterpiece episode of Downton Abbey.  Just before 9pm my husband would retreat to the bedroom to watch something else and we would grab a snack to watch what wit the Dowager Countess would share that Sunday night. There were nights we screamed at the tv like when Matthew had his accident and nights we went to bed smiling over Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes.  Melted my heart watching them wade into the ocean hand and hand.  So of course when we heard there was a clothing exhibit from our favorite characters we had to view it.

We had wanted to view it when in Chicago but we were unable to find tickets for dates that worked with our schedule.  I hunted down a listing and found it would be in South Bend, Indiana in the fall.  I made it a point to sign up for the museums newsletters and Facebook page to know when I could purchase tickets.  In August I was able to purchase tickets and we had been eagerly awaiting the opening date in mid-October.

This weekend the exhibit opened in South Bend and we drove over on Sunday to have a look.  Tickets were $13 for youth 6-17 and $18 for adults.  We purchased the combo ticket that gave us entrance to the museum, dresses, Studebaker museum and Oliver Mansion. Upon arrival we were given a sticker that shows what ticket we purchased and we were immediately able to enter the Downton Exhibit.

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We excited to view the well laid out exhibit.  Costumes lined both sides of the walkway and great descriptions of the gown and time period were listed.

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