Want to know a fun fact about the Studebaker National Museum? Well, did you know that it's home to the world's LARGEST collection of U.S Presidential Carriages?
How amazing is that? Yes, the Studebaker National Museum is ALL about those automobiles, so for those families who love history, engines, and very shiny cars, then this might just be the place for you!
The Mission of the Studebaker National Museum is to honor and perpetuate the legacy of the rich industrial heritage of the South Bend area, through the display, interpretation, conservation and preservation of Studebaker vehicles, archives and other objects to enrich present and future generations.
In short? It will take you through the industrial history of South Bend with a VERY impressive collection of vintage vehicles!
The museum is intended to be a fitting memorial to men and women of our community whose vision, creativity, and energy built the products that are today our industrial manufacturing heritage.
Let's start with the Presidential collection! Here you can see in person the Barouche that President Abraham Lincoln used the night of his assassination, President McKinley's Studebaker Phaeton, President Benjamin Harrison's Studebaker Broughman, and even President Grant Brewsters Landau!
Just imagine all of the history and stories that have happened in those very vehicles you are looking at. Amazing!
Also within the 33-vehicle collection are the Studebaker family's Conestoga Wagon, and an entire Military Collection dating back to 1857. Kids can see the history of the vehicles in conflict up until the Vietnam War, offering up a truly important educational experience for the family.
In addition to the permanent collection, there are also ever changing exhibits ensuring that next time you go back, there could be something new to see!
55,000 sq ft of automobile history is waiting for you in South Bend. So rev those engines kids, we're heading out!