Romy Hammes Ford: Dealer’s Spotlight

This temporary exhibition highlights Romy Hammes Ford, a long-time Ford dealer here in South Bend (until the mid-1970s). The centerpiece of the exhibition is a 1966 Ford Galaxie 500 XL pictured finished in white. 
Mar 2023 This temporary exhibition highlights Romy Hammes Ford, a long-time Ford dealer here in South Bend (until the mid-1970s) The centerpiece of the exhibition is a 1966 Ford Galaxie 500 XL  The car was purchased new by Romy for his daughter, Kathlyn or “Kax” as a 39th birthday present and spent most of its life in Nevada  A salesman at Hammes Read More →

Mid-Century Master: The Designs of Brooks Stevens

Brooks Stevens owned and designed automobile. A black 1964 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk sits in front of the restored Studebaker factory building in downtown South Bend
Mar 2023 Brooks Stevens and his Milwaukee-based firm revolutionized the field of industrial design in the twentieth century From the Oscar-Mayer Wienermobile to the famous “Skylark” symbol, his work and influence in the areas of transportation, home appliances, architecture, and brand design can still be seen and felt today Stevens’ stylish but Read More →

The Photography of Anthony Schmidt

Anthony Schmidt Photograph using forced perspective and model cars.
Mar 2023 Anthony Schmidt is a teenager with autism from Spokane, Washington whose passion for collecting model cars and incredible artistic abilities have dovetailed into a thriving photography business Explore a selection of Anthony’s favorite photographs featuring his model collection and learn about his incredible process at this special exhibition, Read More →

Top of the Line: Studebaker’s President

Logo for the Studebaker's President Exhibition. The logo is circular with Top of the Line on the upper half. A bird often found on President logos can be found in the center of the image.
Jun 2022 Few models in Studebaker history have the prestige, power, and style as the President Since the first generation debuted in 1927, the President represented the company’s top offering and includes the only models designated as Full Classics by the Classic Car Club of America Explore a full range of body styles—including sedan, roadster, and Read More →

Built to Last: Studebaker Buildings Past & Present

Studebaker Buildings in Brooklyn
Jun 2022 As an international company, Studebaker buildings included production facilities, sales outlets, showrooms, and dealerships in towns and cities all over the world Many have been torn down and those that remain have been repurposed, but these structures are a testament to the company’s global business and are often architecturally significant Read More →

The Avanti: America’s Most Advanced Automobile

1963 White Studebaker Avanti
Nov 2021 The Studebaker Avanti was one of the industry’s most imaginative and sensational vehicles For the Avanti’s 60th birthday, the Museum will explore the Avanti’s improbable origin story and its place in the 1963 automotive landscape The exhibit will look at contemporary reviews and road tests as well as promotional materials and media Read More →

Charged: The Rise, Fall, and Resurgence of Electric Vehicles

Charged: The Rise, Fall & Resurgence of EVs
Nov 2021 Discover the origins and explore the future of electric vehicles in this special exhibition Over a century of electric automobiles will be on display to trace the winding path of EVs from the 19th to the 21st century Featured vehicles include a 1901 Riker Torpedo race car, a 1992 GM EV1 Impact Electric, as well as examples of Studebaker Read More →

AM General at 50

AM General Jeep
May 2021 Celebrating fifty years of service as a company, and over one hundred years of transportation solutions AM General can trace its automotive heritage back to the early 20th century with the Standard Wheel Company and the long legacy of Studebaker-built military vehicles In 1964, Kaiser-Jeep began military vehicle production in South Bend Read More →

Manufacturing Victory

Jan 2021 Manufacturing Victory, a joint exhibit by the Studebaker National Museum and The History Museum, celebrates the steadfast response of our region’s manufacturers to America’s call during times of military conflict Artifacts include vehicles, munitions, textiles, Bendix's Talos missile, Studebaker’s horse-drawn army wagons and AM General’s Read More →

Built in the ‘Bend: A Studebaker Centenary

1920 Light Six
Dec 2019 On April 30, 1920, The Studebaker Corporation built its first automobile in South Bend  Prior to this date, the South Bend plant built horse-drawn equipment while automobile production took place at Studebaker’s Detroit facilities  Built in the ‘Bend: A Studebaker Centenary celebrates this anniversary with a look at the company’s Read More →