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Hawk5619
09-10-2013, 10:58 PM
I just arrived in South Bend to visit the Studebaker Museum. My wife and I are checked into a hotel and I went to the Museum website to get the hours they are open tomorrow. To my HORROR it states that they are cloded for the next 3 days for a "Special Event !" We just drove over 1000 miles from Colorado and can't belive they are closed! Does anyone know what is going on there??

Rick

Chris_Dresbach
09-10-2013, 11:42 PM
No clue. My best guess is that somebody rented it for the three days and is probably having some kind of seminar. I heard the same news from the SNM a while back but again, all they said was "closed for a special event."

Swifster
09-10-2013, 11:46 PM
Well, they do apologize for your inconvenience. Maybe you can visit the archives?

Stu Chapman
09-11-2013, 12:18 PM
I just arrived in South Bend to visit the Studebaker Museum. My wife and I are checked into a hotel and I went to the Museum website to get the hours they are open tomorrow. To my HORROR it states that they are cloded for the next 3 days for a "Special Event !" We just drove over 1000 miles from Colorado and can't belive they are closed! Does anyone know what is going on there??

Rick

Sorry Rick for your disappointment. Occasionally the Museum has to close to prepare for special events and September 11 through 14 is one of these occasions. The web site has had this information posted and it is really all they can do. It is unfortunate that you checked the web site when you arrived rather than before you left. You might try calling the Museum directly and see if they can do anything for you. Perhaps Andy Beckman can treat you to a visit to the Archives. The phone number is 574-235-9714 or 1-888-391-5600.

Stu Chapman

merv
09-11-2013, 02:07 PM
i did almost the same trip from falcon co. to see the museum it had been raining cats and dogs for most of the trip. as i pulled up to the museum they were puting a sign on the door that they had no power and were closed so i went to auburn and saw the auburn cord dusenburg museum and came back to the stude museum the next day a fun trip

BobWaitz
09-11-2013, 03:42 PM
In 2006 I stopped in Memphis for the night on my way to a family reunion in Louisiana. My wife has the same birthday as Elvis so we decided we should tour Graceland. It was wonderful. The following week this story appeared in the paper:
http://www.elvis.com.au/presley/news/bush_koizumi_at_graceland.shtml#sthash.KGd4IVAo.dpbs

Yes, the Japanese Prime Minister (an Elvis fanatic) was touring Graceland with George Bush. You have to know that the place was locked down tighter than anything for a few hours before and after they were actually there -- maybe even for a day on either side. All I could think about was how terribly disappointed I would have been had I shown up and found I couldn't get in!

JRoberts
09-11-2013, 03:48 PM
Not only is the Auburn Museum nearby, but so is the Gilmore Museum. Maybe these two museums, which are both fantastice by-the-way, can make up for having missed out on the Studebaker Museum.

Bob Bryant
09-11-2013, 03:57 PM
Joe: Good advice! East of South Bend is Shipshewana and the Hostetler's Hudson Museum, also.

http://www.hostetlershudsons.com/

Bob Henning
09-11-2013, 06:08 PM
I was asked by Tom Curtis to post this message from Becky Bonham..

”The Museum staff and board truly apologize for any inconvenience our closing this week may have caused. Once, perhaps twice per year, the Museum closes in order to host a very special event in the Main Gallery. These events, though rare, are for the purpose of fundraising and to honor an important organization or individual in the community that has contributed in a critical to the success of the Museum. Because we have to move vehicles around and/or out of the gallery into the Lower Level, it is important that we close for the safety of visitors and of our priceless Collection.



We understand that this is disruptive and disappointing; that’s why the announcement of the impending closing is made well in advance: In this case, it was posted on our website two months ago and regularly on our Facebook page. For the inconvenience of those who arrive having not read the announcement, we offer FREE passes for a visit in the future.



On past occasions we have allowed visitors from out of town into the Upper Gallery, only to be criticized for not letting them into the areas where the vehicles are stored and where tables are set up, etc.—unsafe for the collection and visitors alike. We hope this clarifies the situation and we most certainly apologize for the inconvenience.”


-----(From me) If you are a user of Facebook, I would suggest that you follow the Museum if you don't already do so. They have some great posts.---------

Hawk5619
09-11-2013, 07:26 PM
We went to the Museum today and talked with Becky Bonham. Becky was very nice and she asked Monte to give us a private tour. Monte was great and very informative and really enjoyed giving us the tour. All is good here !! Tomorrow we are going to the Hudson and Auburn Museum while we are in the area.
Rick

tbirdtbird
09-11-2013, 10:27 PM
Glad it worked out.
The Auburn Museum is awesome you won't be sorry.
Behind it is NATMUS the National Auto and Truck Museum, which is equally awesome, you won't be disappointed. See if the GM Futureliner is there.
This beast is very impressive
http://www.futurliner.org/

On the other side of town there is a military vehicle and hot rod museum i cannot think of the name right now, but ask or else it will be in the AAA Indiana tour book; also the chamber of commerce will know

Enjoy !!!!When you leave the ACD museum you be forever changed....

Stu Chapman
09-12-2013, 09:55 AM
We went to the Museum today and talked with Becky Bonham. Becky was very nice and she asked Monte to give us a private tour. Monte was great and very informative and really enjoyed giving us the tour. All is good here !! Tomorrow we are going to the Hudson and Auburn Museum while we are in the area.
Rick

Rick, I'm happy this worked out for you. The Museum really does its best to accommodate everyone even under difficult situations. Continue to enjoy your trip.
Stu Chapman