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Studebaker National Museum

Local history, presidential lore and automotive progress combine at Studebaker National Museum, where gearheads can peruse roughly 120 vehicles and history buffs can get an up-close look at how transportation has evolved over the years. Get to know one of our most popular attractions with this in-depth guide.

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Presidential Carriage Collection

Studebaker National Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of U.S. presidential carriages. It features the barouche Abraham Lincoln used en route to Ford’s Theatre the night of his assassination.

Others in the collection include carriages used by Ulysses S. Grant, William McKinley and Benjamin Harrison.

The Original Collection

Studebaker Corporation in 1966 donated its 33-vehicle collection to the City of South Bend. It included the presidential carriages and the family’s Conestoga wagon. Together it formed the basis for the museum. It runs the gamut of automobiles produced by Studebaker during the height of its production.

Special Exhibits 

Some exhibits move in and out of the museum, meaning you'll want to visit regularly to see what's new. Here's what the museum has on display now or coming soon. 

Charged: The Rise, Fall and Resurgence of Electric Vehicles: Although electric vehicles are all the rage now, electricity as a "motive force" goes back to the origin of the automobile itself. This exhibit is on display now and runs through Jan. 8, 2023. Vehicles on display include a 1901 Riker Torpedo race car, 1911 Studebaker Electric Coupe, 2008 Tesla Roadster and more. 

The Avanti: America's Most Advanced Automobile: Introduced in 1962, the Avanti was one of Studebaker's most visionary vehicles. Go back in time and explore what made it so special through the eyes of a customer looking to purchase a new one in 1963 through Oct. 30, 2022.

Concours d'Elegance at Copshaholm

Every summer, Studebaker hosts one of the premier car shows in the Midwest. Concours d’Elegance at Copshaholm, scheduled for July 8, 2023, is a celebration of automotive design and styling. The one-day event features automobiles from all over the world in different classes. Simply put, they’re some of the most beautiful cars you’ll see anywhere. 

The Military Collection

Studebaker as a company worked with the U.S. government dating back to its beginnings as a wagon producer. That tradition continued through the Vietnam War. Many of these vehicles are on display at the museum. Studebaker transferred its government contracts in 1964 to Kaiser-Jeep.

In an ode to local history, the museum also displays some vehicles made by the local AM General plant, which has operated in the military sphere.