Studebaker National Museum

 A 1955 Studebaker President Speedster on display at the Studebaker National Museum. One of only 2,215 Speedsters manufactured in 1955. File photo: Steven Heim, Shutter Stock, licensed.
 A 1955 Studebaker President Speedster on display at the Studebaker National Museum. One of only 2,215 Speedsters manufactured in 1955. File photo: Steven Heim, Shutter Stock, licensed.

The Studebaker National Museum, located in South Bend, Indiana, allows visitors to experience the rich lore and technological progress of early America as they offer over 120 automobiles, wagons, carriages, and military vehicles related to the Studebaker Corporation and other aspects of American history that allows the public to see – up-close and personal – how transportation in the United States has evolved over the years.

Founded in 1852, Studebaker was a historic wagon and automobile manufacturer based in South Bend that built a variety of electric and gasoline vehicles until the company became defunct following a merger with Wagner Electric in 1967.

The Studebaker National Museum is connected to – and shares an entrance with – The History Museum as part of The Museums at Washington and Chapin. Visitors can purchase a ticket to visit one or both museums.

One of only three automobile museums in the United States, the 30,000 square-foot Studebaker Museum is made up of three distinct floors. The main level displays Studebaker history and vehicles from the 1800s to 1934. The upper level displays vehicles from 1934 onward. And finally, the lower level displays military vehicles and equipment and additional vehicles in “viewable storage,” which are stacked on lifts but still viewable by the general public.

In addition, a secondary area on the main level displays the family history of the Studebakers as well as the Olivers, South Bend makers of the Oliver Chilled Plow and other farm equipment.

The museum also has a large collection of photography and engineering drawings; their photo collection dates to the late 19th century, and the engineering drawings collection contains images dating back to the early 1900s. In addition, they also have factory literature scrapbooks and news clipping scrapbooks going back to the 1870s.

The museum is open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission prices are Museum Members: FREE, Adults: $11.00, Seniors over 60: $9.50, Students 6-17: $7.00, Children 5 and under: FREE.

To find out more, please visit https://www.studebakermuseum.org.

Studebaker National Museum
201 Chapin Street
South Bend, IN 46601
(574) 235-9714
https://www.studebakermuseum.org

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