Special Programs

Special Exhibit: “The Great War: From Ration Lines to the Front Lines”

January 10-February 9  FREE

Barker Mansion will host “The Great War: From Ration Lines to the Front Lines”, one of the Indiana Historical Society’s traveling exhibits. Watch for supplemental programs, including special tours and lectures to be held during this time.


A Victorian Valentine's Day

Saturday, February 10  3 p.m. CST  $25

The Barkers cordially invite you to their 125th Wedding Anniversary. "A Victorian Romance" is an afternoon of music, celebration, food and drink, and of course, romance. Join local musicians Steve and Mary E. Tickets on Eventbrite.


Wild Women & Wine

Saturday, March 10  7:00 p.m. CST  Cost TBD

It’s back and revamped for the second year! This year, we welcome Metamorphosis Traveling Theatre’s “Duneland Diaries” to celebrate Women’s History Month. Reservations will be required for this 21+ event.


Behind the Scenes Tours

Saturday, March 24 and April 14  5 p.m. CST  $15/adult & $10/youth or senior

Venture into off-limits spaces during this popular tour. Tickets available on Eventbrite or by calling the mansion.


Kids Night In!

Friday, April 6  5 p.m. – 8 p.m. CST  Cost TBD

Kids, finish off your spring break week by hanging out the mansion this evening! We’ll have hands-on, exploratory activities to enjoy. The evening also includes a pizza party and a take home gift for each kid. Parents do not need to be present for the activities, but can drop their kids off. Registration will be required.


Novel Conversations: Michael Sheldon on Winston Churchill

Saturday, April 7  4 p.m. – 6 p.m.  FREE

The mansion is proud to welcome award-winning author Michael Sheldon. He will discuss his book, Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill, which has been widely praised on both sides of the Atlantic.


Brewed in History Hike

Saturday, May 19  11 a.m. CST  $10/adult

Michigan City’s past is brewed in history, from the Haskell & Barker Car Company (over 160 years old) to Zorn Brew Works (over 145 years old). The walk will depart from Barker Mansion and cover sites such as the worker’s houses, the old YMCA, library, post office, and more. The hike will end at Zorn Brew Works, where participants can “drink in” the building’s history, or order lunch from their menu. Call (219) 873-1520 for details or visit www.barkermansion.com.


Dowload a PDF of our interpretive program schedule here.

See our regular mansion tour times here.

View our calendar by month here.