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

Special Announcements

2023 marks Ruthmere's 50th Anniversary as a museum! We're celebrating all year long - see our Events Calendar here.

Ruthmere has a launched a new membership structure: Ruthmere Rising!    Learn More Here

Ruthmere was voted the FAVORITE museum of Elkhart County for 2022! Thank you for your support!


The Havilah Beardsley House will be closed for tours June 8-21 in preparation for the Special Exhibit "Roaring Indiana in the Jazz Age" which opens on June 22.

Featured Events


June 22 - September 30, 2023

at the Havilah Beardsley House

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Coffee on the Piazza

Every Saturday from 10 am - 12 pm in June, July, and August

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Spring Concert Series

June 8 - The Lute Song Trio of The Baltimore Consort

June 22 - Jeremy Kahn

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Children's Craft Day

Saturday, June 17 from 12 - 3 pm

at Ruthmere

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Juneteenth Documentary Screenings: 

What Happened at Benham West: African American Stories of Community, Displacement, and Hope

Monday, June 19 at 10am, 2pm,

and 6pm

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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.

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

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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.


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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