Explore the history of Elkhart, Indiana through two iconic house museums.
Book your PRIVATE FAMILY TOUR Today! Reservations are strongly encouraged. We respectfully request that all private family reservations consist of members of the same household (5-6 people or less) for the safety of visitors, staff, and volunteers. Call 574-264-0330 to reserve.
COVID-19 Visitor Guidelines for Ruthmere CampusGroup tour sizes will be reduced to a maximum of 5-6 visitors per group, plus the docent tour guide during normal hours of operation. This is 50% normal capacity.
No large tour groups, or group discounts are being offered until further notice.
Tours on normal days of operation will begin at the top of the hour.
Ruthmere staff reserve the right to initiate a second tour per hour starting 30 minutes past the top of the hour if demand and resources allow.Advanced tour reservations are encouraged, otherwise open tour slots are filled on a first come, first served basis. You must arrive at least 10 minutes before your tour time or your reservation will be forfeited.
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.
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.
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