Our Business Hours

(The last admission is 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 if 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.

(812) 283-3728


River Ramblings

At the Howard Steamboat Museum and Carriage House

Sunday 14, October 2018 at 4:00pm

The event will start off in the mansion at 4:00pm with the dedication of our newest acquisition, a professionally built model of the Str. MISSISSIPPI III, a Corps of Engineers Inspection Boat that has an interesting history, in that she was an older boat transferred to a new hull in 1927 built by the Howards (something not normally done on the river, yet totally successful). The model was built by local Master Scale Modeler, Mr. Marty Richardson especially for the Howard Steamboat Museum.

After the model dedication, there will be a River Rummage Sale in the lobby of the newly renovated Carriage House! This will be a sale of steamboat collectibles and trinkets not found anywhere else as they come from the collections of some of the members of the Howard Steamboat Museum. The surprises that may become yours await your inspection.  Things like t-shirts, mugs, books, and other must haves will be available at very reasonable prices.  Just think of the wonderful holiday presents that might be lurking on the tables?  Bring cash, because you’re sure to find something you can’t live without!

The Grand Finale of this great afternoon of fun will be a 4:30 presentation in Bales Hall of the Carriage House by Ms. Kadie Engstrom, Education Coordinator for the Str. BELLE OF LOUISVILLE! Kadie has worked with the historic steamboat BELLE OF LOUISVILLE in several capacities since 1972, and has been Education Coordinator since 1992. She has written books, booklets, articles, and other resources concerning community history, steamboats, Ohio River history, the Belle’s history, and the history of Life-Saving Station #10; and has developed and facilitated educational experiences for children and adults, including community presentations and exhibits, classroom and on-board programs for students, workshops for teachers, and narrations and tours for groups of all ages. 

Kadie’s presentation (Women in River History – Here and There) will highlight some well-known and some lesser-known women who impacted the history of the inland waterways and the steamboat era, including women in the Louisville and southern Indiana area.

This will be a not to miss event!   Suggested $5.00 donation, please. 


Check out some of the coverage we are getting for our 60th Anniversary in print media!


From the 14, May 2018 Waterways Journal, St. Louis, MO.

14, May 2018 WWJ OBC HSM 60th Part 1

14, May 2018 WWJ OBC HSM 60th 2



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 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.



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:
Phone: (812) 283-3728

Our 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 and on the campus of the museum at all times.