Our Business Hours

When docents are available the last guided tour will be at 2:30pm and last self-guided admission at 3:00 PM 

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 

Self Guided Tours available anytime the museum is open at regular rates

Guided Tours offered when docents are available

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 at the top of the page to learn more about this exciting venue and how it can fit your needs.  

Christmas Open House

On Sunday the 8th of December 2019 from 1:00pm until 3:00pm the Howard Steamboat Museum will host our annual Christmas Open House.

Come home to the Howard’s and enjoy the beauty of the seasonal decorations in the mansion and the spirit of the Christmas season with us in their beautifully appointed Mansion.

The decorations won’t be the only spectacular thing this year as we are opening three rooms on the 3rd floor for the first time in many years as a part of the festivities!  There will also be a dedication of a most breathtaking centerpiece for the new exhibits, a ¼” + 1’ model of the fabled Howard-built steamboat the J.M. WHITE built by local master model builder, Martin Richardson.

Bring the kiddies as Santa will be here to take their wish list along with some light refreshments in the kitchen.

Our Carriage House Event Center will open for your inspection. We sincerely hope you will take advantage of this great opportunity to walk through it.  Our Manager will be on hand to answer your questions and discuss rental opportunities.

Holiday gift giving has just been made easier by our unique gift shop and the availability of Gift Cards and Museum Memberships!

A $5.00 donation is suggested.  Donations support the continued operations of the Museum. 

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

Tours of the mansion are self-guided unless a Docent is available. 


The last tour of the day starts at 2:30 pm. No admissions after 3:00pm.



(812) 283-3728

Admission fees:
Adults: $10.00, Seniors (65+): $8.00
Students age 6 through college: $6.00
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 or 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 and on the campus of the museum at all times