Last updated: 7/26/2017
Elkhart, Indiana
Street Address
302 East Beardsley Avenue
Elkhart, IN 46514
Mailing Address
302 East Beardsley Avenue
Elkhart, IN 46514
phone: 574-264-0330
Tuesday - Saturday10 AM - 4 PM
Sunday1 PM - 4 PM
Seniors $7 (Wednesdays only)
Adults: $10
Students (): $4
Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
William Firstenberger, Executive Director
phone: 574-264-0330 x105
Jennifer Johns, Curator
phone: 574-264-0330 x104
Joy Olsen, Collections Manager/Wedding Coordinator
phone: 574-264-0330 x103
Mark Doddington, Membership Coordinator
phone: 574-264-0330 x107
Carla Riley, Campus Coordinator (facility rental)
phone: 574-264-0330 x113
Carolyn Bonanno, Communications Coordinator
phone: 574-264-0330 x101
Victoria Johnston, Outreach Curator
phone: 574-264-0330 x116
Callista Wert, Grant Writer/Site Manager
phone: 574-264-0330 x109


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.


The Ruthmere Foundation Inc. inspires the imagination and promotes excellence in fine arts, architecture, and historic preservation to advocate life-long learning and the entrepreneurial spirit.


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.

Artifact Collections

Fine art, including Rodin sculptures and Tiffany glass, original furniture and decor, antique cars.

Research Collections

Art, architecture, local history (non-circulating reference library, appointment required).

Educational Programs

Guided tours, school field trips, monthly presentations on various aspects of the museum or local history.


Historic house, wedding garden.


Access: General Public

Appointment required: Yes


Semi-annual print newsletter; monthly online newsletter.

  • Ruthmere Record (semi-annual)
  • Off the Record (monthly online)
  • ADA




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