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


Ruthmere is Open!

Both Ruthmere Campus sites, Ruthmere Mansion and the Havilah Beardsley House, resumed normal hours of operation on Tuesday, June 16th, with additional operational safety precautions in compliance with the Indiana Back on Track Stage 4.  Throughout the remainder of the 2020 tour season, Ruthmere Campus REMAINS committed to operating at Stage 4 standards for the safety of our visitors and staff.


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 today!

COVID-19 Visitor Guidelines for Ruthmere Campus: 
  •     Group tour sizes will be reduced to a maximum of 5 visitors per group, plus the docent tour guide during normal hours of operation. This is 50% normal capacity. 
  •     All visitors and docent tour guides are required to wear face coverings while on tour. No exceptions.
  •     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.
  •     For Free Family Sunday events, a maximum of 5 visitors will be allowed in the door to start their tour experience every 5 minutes. There will be a maximum capacity of 180 visitors for this 3-hour Free Family Sunday event, which is roughly 50% normal capacity.
  •     Restroom facilities will not be available on Free Family Sundays.

Staff will continue to prepare our sites for all safety and security standards ensuring the safest possible experience for our visitors. Ruthmere's Board of Directors and Staff appreciate the patience of our volunteers, members, supporters, and visitors. We all are in this together.

Bill Firstenberger

Executive Director, Ruthmere Campus

Check out our upcoming events for new dates regarding postponed events from earlier in 2020. 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.

Ruthmere Campus is a proud partner of
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Like many things in Elkhart County, Ruthmere Museum is Well Crafted. 

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Special Announcements

Ruthmere Museum and the Havilah Beardsley House will be CLOSED on November 26th & 27th, 2020 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Featured Events

Holiday Tours:

"A Merry Little Christmas"

November 28 - December 30

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Our Next Gala Event:

First Night at the Aria

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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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