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

Special Announcements

July 5 - September 27, 2024 

at the Havilah Beardsley House

The Global Language of Headwear: Cultural Identity, Rites of Passage, & Spirituality

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Be a part of discovery!

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Ruthmere will be CLOSED Sunday, July 21st for the Mousley Tea & Craft Day and Sunday, July 28th for a private tea. The Havilah Beardsley House will still be open to view our special summer exhibit, The Global Language of Headwear (not regular house tours).

Featured Events

Mousley Tea & Craft Day

 Sunday, July 21 

from 2-4 pm

Learn More or Register Here

Ceramic Showcase

Saturday, July 13

from 10 am-3pm

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Coffee on the Piazza

Every Saturday

from 10am - 12pm

June through August

Learn More Here

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.


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.


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.

Like many things in Elkhart County, Ruthmere Museum is Well Crafted. 

Check out Ruthmere's blog,

House of History


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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

See the VISIT AND SHOP tab for more information.

Upcoming events


Visitor Guidelines for Ruthmere Campus

Group tour size is a maximum of 8 visitors per group, plus the docent tour guide during normal hours of operation.  

    Advanced tour reservations for 8 or more 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 to keep your tour reservation in force. 

    Face coverings are OPTIONAL, based on individual choice. 

      Tours on normal days of operation will begin at the top of the hour.

      Ruthmere staff reserve the right to issue a "tour rain check" for any visitor exhibiting obvious signs of illness such as coughing, sneezing, etc.  This decision rests at the discretion of the Ruthmere staff.



      302 E. Beardsley Ave., Elkhart, IN 46514

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