Explore the history of Elkhart, Indiana through two iconic house museums.


Due to the COVID-19 health emergency, Ruthmere's immediate objective is to help slow the spread of the disease. For the health and safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff, the Ruthmere Museum Campus is suspending any and all public events through May 11th. In addition, we will not be open for public tours for the 2020 season until May 12th. This decision was made in consideration of the recommendation made by the CDC to suspend any gatherings of 50 or more people for the next 8 weeks, beginning on March 15th.  

The following events are either postponed or cancelled until further notice: 

  • March 17th - Volunteer Luncheon (Postponed)
  • March 18th - Garden Volunteer Meet & Greet (Postponed)
  • March 19th - Book Club Meeting (Postponed)
  • March 26th - EOQ Cocktails (Cancelled)
  • April 1st - Opening Day for Ruthmere Museum Campus (Postponed)
  • April 5th - Free Family Sunday (Cancelled)
  • April 9th - Gallery Talk - Imps & Hummingbirds, Daisy Makeig-Jones at Wedgwood (Postponed)
  • April 11th - Greenhouse & Garden Workshop (Postponed)
  • April 16th - Breakfast of Champions (Postponed)
  • April 26th - Mother & Me Tea (Cancelled)
  • May 3rd - Free Family Sunday (Cancelled)
  • May 8th - Gallery Talk - Rachel Beardsley (Postponed)
  • May 8th - Fischoff Soirée (Cancelled)

If you have purchased tickets for any of these events, please call us at (574) 264-0330 (ext. 107) or email us at mdoddington@ruthmere.org for a refund or to transfer your purchase to a different event. 

We will continue to send out updates regarding postponed events or changes. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Executive Director Bill Firstenberger at (574) 264-0330 (ext. 105) or bfirstenberger@ruthmere.org.

Experience Matters

Welcome to Ruthmere

Ruthmere Campus comprises two historic properties that engage visitors with a unique experience of history, art and architecture. Whether you are taking a guided tour of Ruthmere Mansion or the historic Havilah Beardsley House, listening to a concert, participating in an educational program, or celebrating your nuptials with an unforgettable garden wedding, the experiences at Ruthmere are one of a kind and make a difference.

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History is the heart of Ruthmere. Elkhart is here for a reason, and the history of the Beardsley family reveals the answer. Through archaeology and research relive the era of Elkhart's founding at the Havilah Beardsley House, or immerse yourself in the beauty and culture of the historic mansion and gardens at Ruthmere.


The built environment defines our cultural values and provides a sense of community identity. Explore the architecture of the community in an easy, interactive way with the TourElkhart Mobile Tour, or study art, architecture and gardens in depth at the Robert B. Beardsley Arts Reference Library. Nowhere is the importance of the built environment easier to discover than at Ruthmere.


Art comes in many forms at Ruthmere. Part historic house museum, part world class art collection, part performing arts venue--such is the unique nature of Ruthmere. Explore the timeless questions "what is art and why is it important?" through cutting edge public programs, or simply immerse yourself with an awe-inspiring sensory experience.

Visiting Ruthmere Campus

Ruthmere Campus overlooks the confluence of the St. Joseph and Elkhart Rivers, residing at the heart of the Beardsley Historic District Neighborhood, a nationally recognized site on the National Register of Historic Places.

Ruthmere Address:
302 E. Beardsley Ave., Elkhart, IN 46514

Havilah Beardsley House Address: 
102 W Beardsley Ave., Elkhart, IN 46514

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