Historic Barker Mansion re-opens after restoration in Michigan City

Barker Mansion

Barker Mansion

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. - The Barker Mansion in Michigan City re-opened its doors on June 1, after an extensive restoration.

Officials say the newest permanent exhibit, "The Haskell and Barker Car Company and Legacy of Freight," celebrates the family’s influential industrial contributions.

The mansion, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, has been a venue for tours, special events, educational programs, weddings, meetings, and various celebrations.

Mansion officials say this re-opening marks a new chapter, ensuring the mansion continues to serve as a monument to the past and a hub for cultural and educational events today.

The 35,000-square-foot mansion features 38 rooms, 10 bathrooms, and seven fireplaces.

Visitors can also enjoy the Jens Jensen-designed garden, a spot to relax and play games.

“We invite visitors of all ages to embark on a journey through time and witness the splendor of this historic residence,” said the mansion’s program and operation manager, Michele Gustin. “The Barker Mansion is not just a relic of history but a living testament to the power of preservation.”

June through September, there will be "Games in the Garden", included when you purchase tickets to tour the mansion.

You can find more info and purchase tickets here. You can also purchase tickets at the mansion.

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