The Studebaker National Museum is a state-of-the-art, 55,000-square-foot facility that opened in October 2005. The building has three levels and features fully climate-controlled galleries and storage facilities to ensure the best possible care for the Collection. The Studebaker National Museum was designed by South Bend’s own James Childs Architects and features several design elements from Studebaker’s factory buildings.


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.

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.


To keep the flame of the Studebaker tradition alive and burning for generations to come.

Museum History Timeline


Clement Studebaker purchases Lafayette’s carriage


Clement Studebaker purchases President Lincoln’s carriage

The Lafayette and Lincoln carriages travel the country to Studebaker dealers and events as historical attractions.


The Studebaker Administration Building is completed

Studebaker establishes a dedicated museum display area in its South Bend Administration Building. The Administration Building was home to the Studebaker Collection through the early 1970’s.


The Studebaker Corporation’s vehicle collection and company archives are given to the City of South Bend


Studebaker Collection Display

After several temporary homes, the Studebaker Collection is placed on display as part of the Discovery Hall Museum at South Bend’s new Century Center convention center.


Freeman-Spicer Studebaker

The Studebaker National Museum acquires the former Freeman-Spicer Studebaker dealership as additional display space.


The Freeman-Spicer building becomes the Studebaker National Museum’s primary home


New Facility

The Studebaker National Museum opens its new facility on November 1. The new facility is in partnership with the Center for History and forms a museum campus just west of downtown South Bend.


The new Studebaker National Museum Archives opens on October 25


AAM Accreditation

The Studebaker National Museum receives accreditation from the American Association of Museums (now the American Alliance of Museums).


The Studebaker National Museum celebrates 10 years in its new facility