A message from our Director

We are Open!

We are ready to share with you an experience that includes the legacy of the Howard family, the story of the American River Steamboat, and the amazing architecture of their lovingly restored and preserved mansion.

There will be some new ways to do business as we navigate the waters of the COVID-19 virus.  Please bear with us as we are doing our best to provide the safest possible experience we will require that our staff and guests wear masks at all times.  The staff will have their temperature taken before every shift and not allowed to work if they have (or have had in the last 24-hours) a temperature over 100.4 degrees.  We will maintain a 6’ foot safe social distance from our guests and ask that they do the same.

In the interest of safety we will require that our guests wear and provide their own mask to enter the mansion and throughout their experience on campus. 

We are able to offer guided and self-guided tours of the museum, however we must maintain 6′ safe social distancing at all times. If you feel that this is not possible for you, we still have the self-guided alternative.  Our guided tours will be available when tour guides are available.  Self-guided are available at all times during our normal business hours.

Welcome back to the Howard’s!



Travis C. Vasconcelos


Phone: (812) 283.3728
Email: info@howardsteamboatmuseum.org
For Carriage House rentals and events email thecarriagehousehsm@gmail.com or call Bonnie at (502) 396-5096


Our Business Hours

Last Admission at 3:00pm.

Weekdays: Monday-Closed | Tuesday • 10:00 AM-3:00 PM | Wednesday • 10:00 AM-3:00 PM | Thursday • 10:00 AM-3:00 PM | Friday • 10:00 AM-3:00 PM
Weekends: Saturday • 10:00 AM-3:00 PM | Sunday • 1:00 PM- 3:00 PM 

Group Rates

(for 10 or more persons)

Available upon request with a qualifying reservation only.

Reservations are not required for tours of 10 or less people.

NOTE: Please make your Group Reservations via telephone at least one month in advance.  We require reservations for groups to guarantee we will have enough staff on hand to give your guests the best quality experience. Group Tours are only available on Tuesday through Friday.  We cannot accommodate groups on weekends.  Thank you for your understanding. 

 Our Historic Carriage House


This beautiful 1880’s-vintage building has been recently renovated and repurposed into a deluxe rental venue.  Our breathtaking facility can easily accommodate 100+ guests inside and over 200 utilizing the attached 3-season veranda, patio, and outdoor museum campus.  Please click on the link Carriage House to learn more about this exciting venue and how it can fit your needs.

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Contact Information

Museum: (812) 283-3728 

Carriage House: (812) 913-4591

Campus Address: 1101 East Market Street Jeffersonville, IN. 47130 

Museum email:  info@howardsteamboatmuseum.org

Carriage House email: thecarriagehousehsm@gmail.com



Step into the Steamboat Era with a tour of the Howard Steamboat Museum. This beautiful 1894 home was built by, premier steamboat builders, the Howards of Jeffersonville. The Howard Steamboat Museum features original furnishings, brass chandeliers, stained glass windows, intricate carvings throughout and even a grand staircase!

Master craftsmen, from the shipyard, created much of the decor in the mansion. Howard built steamboats included, the luxurious J.M. White (featured to the left), the speedy City of Louisville and the popular Indiana. Models, photographs, paintings, half-hull models and other artifacts abound at this unique Jeffersonville museum.

The Howard Steamboat Museum is open year round. Both guided and self-guided tours are offered.

During the summer months we are on Eastern Daylight Time (same as Louisville), otherwise, Eastern Standard Time. Buses welcome. Upscale and fast food restaurants are located nearby.


The Mission of the Howard Steamboat Museum is to preserve the Howard family story, their mansion, the history of their shipyards and to foster an appreciation of the development of river steamboats and commerce along the way.

Howard Steamboat Museum Hours:
Tuesday-Saturday: 10 – 3
Sunday: 1 – 3
Monday: Closed



The last tour of the day starts at 3 pm (an hour before closing). No admissions after 3:00pm.



(812) 283-3728

Admission fees:
Adults: $10.00, Seniors (65+): $8.00
Students age 6 through college: $5.00
Children under 6 with an adult: Free
Military, AAA, and AARP: $8.00

Group Rates (for 10 or more persons) available upon request.
 For Group Rates you must make reservations at least one month in advance.

Come Home to the Howard’s!

Contact us:

Museum: (812) 283-3728

Carriage House: (812) 913-4591


Campus Address:
1101 East Market Street
Jeffersonville, IN 47130

Out of respect for the jewel of history we offer, we ask that at no time food and drink be brought into the Mansion.

Pets are not permitted in the Mansion nor on the campus of the museum due to insurance concerns.

Smoking is prohibited in the Mansion, Carriage House, and on the campus of the museum at all times.