Our Mission is to be the center for education, preservation, and interpretation of design and innovation.  This is accomplished through programming, active collecting, and the display of vehicles, archives, and artifacts that showcase the local and global influence of Studebaker and related industrial innovators.


Our Vision is to spark the imagination and ignite interest and passion for design, innovation, and overall impact of the automobile and its related industries.

About the Museum

The Studebaker National Museum is devoted to sharing the story of the automotive and industrial history of South Bend and the greater region through the display and interpretation of Studebaker vehicles along with related industrial artifacts. The Collection also includes seven objects designated as “National Treasures” including the carriage Abraham Lincoln rode to Ford’s Theatre the night of his assassination, and a carriage used by the Marquis de Lafayette during his farewell tour of United States in 1824.

About our Facility

The Studebaker National Museum is housed in 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.

Financial Information

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 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


The Concours d'Elegance at Copshaholm is introduced as the Museum's newest signature event.