The Howard Steamboat Museum

Presents an exhibition of  Victorian clothing by Ruby Grace Miller


This exhibit will be now be open to the public during regular museum business hours

7, June until 11, September 2016.

A very special Thank You to Miss Miller for graciously allowing us to extend the stay of this exhibit.  Due to a phenomenal reception to the exhibit we are proud to announce it will be staying with us until the 11th of September!

Historic Dress Creator and Shakespearean Artist Ruby Grace Miller will exhibit her breathtaking reproduction Victorian era gowns in the formal rooms of the Howard Steamboat Museum.

You will be able to see the type of clothing worn by the ladies of means in the era displayed in the rooms of the home.  Each garment will be mounted on a form and feature a description of the gown to tell of the way and situation it would be worn.

This exhibit will be included with standard admission to the museum

16, October 2016

Our 12th Annual River Ramblings Presentation

at the Howard Steamboat Museum


A special look at the historic slide collection of Miss Ann Zeiger

Presented by Travis C. Vasconcelos

16, October 2016 at 4:00pm

Admission $5.00 benefits the Museum Operating Fund 

Miss Zeiger was an avid friend of the river and the Howard Steamboat Museum.  She and her roving camera were fortunate enough to spend a great deal of time in the 1970’s until the mid 2000’s aboard the DELTA QUEEN, MISSISSIPPI QUEEN, BELLE OF LOUISVILLE, NATCHEZ, JULIA BELLE SWAIN and many more.  She collected these images as a fan, little knowing the value they would have to the river fans of the future. Come join us for a wonderful retrospective of the inland rivers as seen through the camera of Miss Zeiger.


Our Business Hours

(The last admission is at 3:00 PM )
Weekdays: Monday-Closed | Tuesday • 10:00 AM-4:00 PM | Wednesday • 10:00 AM-4:00 PM | Thursday • 10:00 AM-4:00 PM | Friday • 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Weekends: Saturday • 10:00 AM-4:00 PM | Sunday • 1:00 PM- 4:00 PM

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


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. Personal, informative 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 – 4
Sunday: 1 – 4
Monday: Closed

Tours of the mansion can be either self-guided or with a Docent. The fee is the same either way.

The last tour of the day starts at 3 pm (an hour before closing). No admissions after 3:00pm. Don’t miss the boat!



Admission fees:
Adults: $7.00, Seniors (65+): $6.00
Students age 6 through college: $5.00
Children under 6 with an adult: Free
Military, AAA, and AARP: $6.00

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

Contact us:
Phone: (812) 283-3728

Our Address:
1101 East Market Street
Jeffersonville, IN 47130


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