Studebaker National Museum - South Bend - (Permanent Local Attraction)

Real Estate Agent with Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC RB14037276

Studebaker National Museum

South Bend, Indiana 

(Permanent Local Attraction)

The Museum, located at the corner of Thomas and Chapin St., in downtown South Bend, Indiana brings the history of  Studebaker back to life.  The museum houses 120 vehicles including several one-of-a-kind, which include a 1956 Packard Predictor and 1934 Bendix SWC.

The Archives section has over 70 tons of paper documents from the Studebaker Corp. and Packard Motor Co., which includes photos, production records and news articles.

The Museum Store has collectibles, apparel, books/videos and much more for the Studebaker collector.

In 1852 Henry & Clement Studebaker opened the H & C Studebaker Blacksmith Shop, which later became the Studebaker Brothers Mfg. Co. - maker of the Worlds largest manufacturer of wagons and buggies. The automotive era began with the electric car in 1902 and closed the South Bend plant in 1963.  Production continued with the Avanti, in Hamilton, Ontario until 1966.


Studebaker National Museum

201 S. Chapin Street, South Bend, Indiana 46601

574-235-9714 / 888-391-5600



Adults - $8.00

Seniors over 60 - $6.50

Students over 6 - $5.00

5 and under and Museum Members - FREE

(Group Tours are Welcome)


If you know someone who wants to Buy or Sell a Home in Elkhart County, St Joseph County, 

or surrounding areas, have them call me:

Larry Johnston, 574-304-7577

Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC

Elkhart, Indiana

or email  

Comments (14)

Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Larry Johnston Your title caught my eye. I used to drive a 1959 Studebaker Lark. What a car and it had a 289 engine!

Jan 27, 2015 11:12 PM
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

There is so much history to be found in our local areas. I wonder how many families take advantage of these places anymore.

Jan 27, 2015 11:22 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Larry Johnston,  Thanks for pointing this out, I think I need to make a road trip with a stop over to see this sometime.

Jan 28, 2015 12:29 AM
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Those old cars are just amazing.  That old Studebaker is the same age as me.  Cool!

Jan 28, 2015 01:04 AM
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

What great photos! Both the old Studebaker and the covered wagon are amazing!

Jan 28, 2015 04:43 AM
Rob D. Shepherd
Windermere/lane county - Florence, OR
Principal Broker GRI, SRES

If I am ever in that area this will be on my "must see" list!

Jan 28, 2015 04:46 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Larry "Studebaker" was a very common name.  I know it has been a while since they have been around, but it does not seem as long as it has been.  Time does fly.

Jan 28, 2015 06:49 AM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Larry that Studebaker museum in South Bend sends shivers down my spine. I have heard about it many times and really want to go there.

Jan 28, 2015 11:03 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I would enjoy that museum very much. I like cars and like to hear how they evolved and ended.

Jan 28, 2015 11:10 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I didn't know the company started out making buggies. I learned something today. I would love to visit this museum just because I love history.

Jan 28, 2015 11:47 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

You might say that Studebaker played an important part of our country moving west, since they were Studebaker covered wagons.

Jan 28, 2015 12:10 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

This was a fun exhibit to go see locally.  I didn't realize the covered wagons were Studebaker!

Jan 28, 2015 12:23 PM
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Larry.  Studebaker was too far ahead of it's time.  Great museum.

Jan 28, 2015 08:39 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

When I was with a local Oldies Radio station we used to host so many vintage car events. It's a big deal with so many folks. I too had NO idea about the covered wagons! Always something to learn over on your blog post, Larry. 

Jan 28, 2015 10:26 PM

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