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.
As a 501(c)(3) organization, yearly 990 disclosure statements are available upon request.
Museum History Timeline
Clement Studebaker purchases Lafayette’s carriage
Clement Studebaker purchases President Lincoln’s carriage
The Studebaker Administration Building is completed
The Studebaker Corporation’s vehicle collection and company archives are given to the City of South Bend
Studebaker Collection Display
The Freeman-Spicer building becomes the Studebaker National Museum’s primary home
The new Studebaker National Museum Archives opens on October 25
The Studebaker National Museum celebrates 10 years in its new facility