Current Exhibits

The American Motorcycle: The Ride Goes On

November 14, 2014 through May 10, 2015.
Follow the story of the American motor biking industry over the last one-hundred years. “The American Motorcycle: The Ride Goes On” will showcase the raw beauty of America’s motor biking history by telling the story of Excelsior, Indian and Harley-Davidson. Learn why Excelsior and Indian ceased to produce motorcycles, how several years later their name was revived to build bikes again, and see where those manufacturers are today. “The American Motorcycle: The Ride Goes On” will interpret this story by displaying a collection of the fine examples these companies manufactured.

Meet the Studebakers

March 2, 2015 through May 26, 2015.
Take a special look at the Studebaker family’s influence on the South Bend community throughout the years in this special exhibition.

Well-known places such as the YMCA, Memorial Hospital, and Howard Park are just a few of the many community places the Studebaker family helped build.

You may already know the Studebaker brothers, but have you met their sisters? A newly restored painting of Ada Studebaker will introduce her for the first time. Plus, see more artifacts that once belonged to members of the Studebaker family on loan from The History Museum.

Freedom for Some: The Emancipation Proclamation

January 20, 2015 through February 28, 2015. Extended through October 2015.
The Emancipation Proclamation is one of the most famous executive orders by an American President. Yet, despite its fame, the truth behind its creation remains hidden behind powerful myths. Did the Proclamation free enslaved peoples? Was it an example of Presidential power taken too far? “Freedom for Some: The Emancipation Proclamation” explores the story behind a document considered to be one of the most pivotal in American history, yet one that is so often misunderstood.

Studebaker Super Service Center

Ongoing Exhibition.
The Studebaker Super Service Center is now open! This fun, interactive exhibit is designed for children ages 3 to 10! Studebaker Super Service Center is sure to put a smile on any child’s face as they pretend to work on an automobile. Click here to view a brochure about the Studebaker Super Service Center or click here to view photos of the the exhibit.

The Presidential Carriage Collection

Ongoing Exhibition.
The Studebaker National Museum is home to four of the presidential carriages: The Grant, Harrison, Lincoln and McKinley carriages. Read more.

Coming Soon…

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Special Exhibition.
June 19, 2015 through October 31, 2015.
President Abraham Lincoln served a divided nation. Brother fought brother, sisters and mothers bore the burdens of battlefield support and familial loss, former slaves fought for their freedom. As a devastating war for the future of the American people drew to a close, President Lincoln became that war’s final victim. A single bullet from a lone assassin sealed Lincoln’s legacy as a martyr for American unity.

“Lincoln’s Final Journey: A Nation Mourns” uses rare artifacts, images, and stories to allow visitors to experience Lincoln’s final night as President and the immediate aftermath of his death on the fractured nation.

Perhaps the most significant artifact is the Lincoln carriage, used by President Lincoln to take him and his wife on his final ride to Ford’s Theater on April 14, 1865. This treasured artifact is a permanent part of the Studebaker National Museum’s collection, and will be the centerpiece of an exhibition that memorializes the 150th anniversary of a tragic event.

Most of the other artifacts will be loaned to the Studebaker Museum from local collections and nationally known museums, including the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, Ford’s Theatre, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, the Indiana State Museum, and more.