Regular Admission, Prices, and Hours
PERSONALLY GUIDED HISTORIC TOURS
Personally guided tours are available at both Ruthmere and the Havilah Beardsley House. Ruthmere's docents have built an unparalleled reputation for excellence in knowledge, warmth and charm. Learn about the history of the founding of Elkhart, the Beardsley family and their legacy of art, architecture and culture from a Ruthmere expert guide.
There are no special announcements at this time.
Regular Tour Times for Both Sites:
Tuesday through Saturday:
Tours on the hour at 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm
& 3 pm
Tours on the hour at 1 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm.
The museum operates on Eastern Time.
Both museum sites CLOSED.
We do not sell advanced tour tickets online, however, we DO encourage advanced reservations for tours. To make a reservation, simply call 574-264-0330 during normal times of operation.
To protect our collections, Ruthmere Museum and the Havilah Beardsley House offer guided tours only. We do not allow self-guided tours at either location.
On Free Family Sundays, the first Sunday of the months April-November, EITHER Ruthmere OR Havilah Beardsley House is CLOSED while
the free tours are conducted at the other site.
See Free Family Sunday page for specific dates.
Holiday Closings for Tours and Office during Open Season
Ruthmere Campus annually closes for tours to the public January 1 - March 31. See calendar for special events during this period.
Partial operating support provided by a 2019-21 Indiana Arts Commission Grant
Children under 5 admitted free with adult.
Senior (60 yrs.) Discount Day $7 on Wednesdays
Havilah Beardsley House Tour
Children under 5 admitted free with adult.
Senior (60 yrs.) Discount Day $3 on Wednesdays
Campus Day Pass (both locations)
Family $40 (allows 5 visitors of any age to both attractions)
Senior (60 yrs.) Discount Day $10 on Wednesdays
Note: Ruthmere Members have free admission to all attractions -- see membership page for benefits.
UPDATED VISITOR ETIQUETTE
General rule is that face coverings are OPTIONAL for both staff and visitors at Ruthmere Campus sites. In accordance with CDC recommendations face masks are encouraged for indoor gatherings for the unvaccinated and people with compromised immunity. Prior to beginning every tour, Ruthmere staff and/or volunteers will address visitors' personal preference regarding their desire for docents to wear a mask or go without, and will respond accordingly. Proof of vaccination for Ruthmere staff and volunteers is kept confidentially on file.
Visitor Guidelines for Ruthmere CampusGroup tour size is a maximum of 8 visitors per group, plus the docent tour guide during normal hours of operation.
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.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.
SELF-GUIDED TOURS of outdoor sites and attractions in Elkhart are available via TourElkhart.org. Experience history, art and architecture in the palm of your hand! TourElkhart.org is a series of FREE self-guided mobile tours presented by Ruthmere in partnership with PocketSights featuring sites in Elkhart County, Indiana. Click this link for Smartphone Tours
SEASONAL TOURS of unique elements of Ruthmere Museum Campus are offered regularly. See Ruthmere decorated for the Holiday season every year starting the Saturday after Thanksgiving through December 30. See calendar for details.
SPECIAL EXHIBITS are hosted at both Ruthmere and the Havilah Beardsley House. Come see something new at Ruthmere Museums Campus. See calendar for details.
ADA ACCESSIBILITY - Havilah Beardsley House is designed to be ADA wheelchair accessible for the first floor exhibits (approximately 75% of the exhibit space on site). Ruthmere Mansion requires the climbing of significant steps to enter from street level and is not ADA accessible. Additional accommodations are made for visitors with challenges. While both properties are individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places and lie within the National Register Beardsley Avenue Historic District, and as such, are exempt from ADA accessibility laws, Ruthmere makes every reasonable effort to accommodate the needs of our visitors.