The Howard Steamboat Museum will be closed on 7, May for the Kentucky Derby.

 We will reopen on 8, May 2016 on Mothers Day and return to our normal business hours

It is now Annual Fund 2016 time

  Visit our Annual Fund page (look under the “Contact Us”  button above) to learn how you can help support your museum!  The Howard Steamboat Museum is a 501c3 organization, make your tax deductible donation today for your 2015 taxes.



We regret that we will not be having an Art and Antique Jubilee in 2016. 

Due to the construction concerns of our pending Carriage House Restoration it was decided by the Board of Directors not to hold the event this year. 

The Howard Steamboat Museum

Presents an exhibition of  Victorian clothing by Ruby Grace Miller


Open to the public during regular museum business hours from 5, June until 10, July 2016

Historic Dress Creator and Shakespearean Artist Ruby Grace Miller will exhibit her breathtaking reproduction Victorian ear 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


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

In the event of inclement weather, please call to confirm we are open. (812) 283-3728

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


Check out our Google Map on the About Us page.