Our Amazing Cabinet of Curiosities: Keepers of History for 150 Years

February 25, 2017 - February 18, 2018

Changing Gallery

In 1867-150 years ago-33 residents of St. Joseph County resolved to formally preserve local history. The organization they established 150 years ago was the second one of its type in Indiana. Today-as The History Museum-it has over a half million objects in its collection. From an iron lung to a voting machine, Our Cabinet of Curiosities showcases unique artifacts from the past 150 years and captures the essence of why history museums exist.


Commitment, Continuity, and Community: Architecture at Notre Dame, 1898 - present

September 2, 2017 – August 5, 2018

The School of Architecture and the Architecture Library at the University of Notre Dame are committed to the study of classical architecture.


Unseen Treasures of the Oliver Mansion

Permanent Exhibit

Leighton Gallery

Items from the Oliver Mansion that aren't normally seen on a house tour are on display in this permanent exhibit.


Polished in Public, Fierce on the Field: The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League

Permanent Exhibit

Lower Level Lobby

The women who made up the teams of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) were pioneers in sports-yet played for the love of the game. They crisscrossed the Midwest making history in ball parks-yet just wanted to drive in the scoring run. They were immortalized in the film, A League of Their Own-yet still gather at annual reunions simply to see "old friends." Their story is told in Polished in Public, Fierce on the Field, on view in the Lower Level Lobby at The History Museum.


Voyages: The History of the St. Joseph River Valley Region

Permanent Exhibit

Lower Level Gallery

Through seven rooms of life-like dioramas and interactive displays, Voyages tells the compelling stories of the people of the St. Joseph River Valley.


The Mary Jane Clark Miniature Lamp Collection

Permanent Exhibit

Upper Leighton Gallery

This display of miniature lamps features over 250 items displayed in eight mirrored cases. Intricate and unique, the lamps are composed of a variety of glass types: opalescent, milk, and satin, to name a few. Some are embossed, others feature delicate hand-painted designs or frosted patterns. The lamps are of a variety of colors, including blue, green, pink, white, and yellow. They are from The History Museum's Mary Jane Miniature Lamp Collection.