Andrew Skipper Visits the Ruthmere Museum in Elkhart, IN
Ruthmere Museum is a Beaux Arts mansion originally built for the Beardsley family in 1910 in Elkhart, IN. The 12,000 square foot mansion has been open to the public since the 1970’s. The industry and careful stewardship of the Beardsleys led to an endowment for the community that we enjoy in many ways today. Ruthmere and its outstanding collections, including works that rival those held in much larger museums found in our nation’s major cities, are easily accessible to visitors.
Ruthmere holds many cultural opportunities for residents and visitors of Elkhart. These include significant history, elegant architecture, a world-class fine arts collection, and programs that bring stories of our communitiy’s past to life in meaningful ways. Throughout the year, Ruthmere plays host to lectures, concerts, social gatherings, and special guided tours. The Ruthmere campus is also a stop on the Quilt Garden Tour.
I’ve had the privilege of decorating this mansion for the holidays and have been able to get an in depth look at the many treasures inside the historic landmark. The attention to detail in this mansion is astonishing. It’s definitely worth making a special trip to take a tour of Ruthmere.
With a convenient location just north east of Main Street, Ruthmere is steps away from Elkhart’s Riverwalk Culture Trail. Take a tour (about one hour) and head to lunch downtown or spend some leisure time enjoying Ruthmere’s garden. If you enjoy historic homes, walk down to the Havilah Beardsley House just one block away and discover even more history about the Beardsley family and the city of Elkhart. One thing is for sure- there is much to be discovered along the Heritage Trail!
Open to the Public April 2-December 29
Tues-Sat Tours on the hour from 10:00-3:00 (Eastern Time)
Sunday Tours on the hour form 1:00-3:00 (Eastern Time)
Children under 5 admitted free with adult
Senior discount on Wednesdays $7
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