Group Tours and Local Interest

Interested in bringing your group to the Howard Steamboat Museum?

We can handle groups of 35 or less comfortably. As the museum is the former home of the Howard family, most rooms are not equipped handle crowds of more than 20 people at a time. If you have more than 35 people we would request that you bring them in groups of 35 at a time. Keep in mind that the museum is located in an historic 1890’s built home and does not have public commercial-styledrestroom facilities.

We only book group tours on weekdays, as the weekends are the busiest time for our individual guests. We appreciate your understanding of our inability to accommodate group tours on weekends.

In a situation where the group exceeds 20 people, we cannot offer a fully-guided tour. The rooms of the mansion will not handle more than 20 people at a time. In a situation where the group exceeds 20 people, we provide docents staged throughout the house to answer questions and a prepared statement at the beginning of the tour to interpret the history of the home. We also have an 8-minute video that we can play for the guests to interpret the history of the experience. This is generally played on an endless loop in the kitchen where we can accommodate 10 people comfortably. This way everyone has a chance to see it at one point in the tour.

We regret that we are not handicapped accessible as we are located in a historic 1894-built 22-room mansion. The first floor of the mansion has several raised thresholds and the second floor is only accessible by stairs. We do not have an elevator or any mechanized method of conveyance between floors.

Pricing for groups of 10 or more

Adults (10 or more persons) $5.00 Each person

Children (10 or more persons) $4.00 Each person

Children under 5 free.

We ask that group tours be booked at least two weeks in advance by telephone at

(812) 283.3728.

Without a booking we most likely will not have the staff or availability to accommodate your group.

For a group tour booking we will need to have a contact name and telephone number, an address, the date and time of the proposed tour, and any special requests no less than two weeks before the date of the proposed group tour.

Our hours of operation are 10:00am to 3:00pm Tuesday through Saturday. We are open from 1:00pm to 3:00pm on Sunday. The last tour of the day starts at 3:00 pm. We are closed on Mondays.

We hope you will plan to join us for a tour and we look forward to showing your group the amazing history of the Howard family and their involvement in the great history of the American River Steamboat.


Other attractions in Jeffersonville


Schimpff’s Confectionery
Family owned confectionery and candy museum.
347 Spring St., Jeffersonville, IN 47130, 812-283-8367

A floating venue anchored at the Terranced Lawn on the Ohio River Bank hosts concerts, movies and festivals.

W. Riverside Dr., Jeffersonville, IN 47130

Vintage Fire Museum and Safety Education Center
Nationally-known collection of firefighting engines and artifacts.
723 Spring St., Jeffersonville, IN 47130, 502-599-2522


Choices Boutique (currently no website)
A delightful boutique with jewelry and gifts.
437 Spring St., Jeffersonville, IN 47130, 812-283-6008

Designer Fragrance and Gifts
Hair and beauty supply.
423 Spring St., Jeffersonville, IN 47130, 812-282-3943

Gadabout Gallery and Artistan Shoppe
Located near by the Big Four Walking Bridge.
249 Spring St., Jeffersonville, IN 47130, 812-913-1716

Grinny Possum
Yarn and fabric store.
326 Spring St., Jeffersonville, IN 47130, 812-284-9400

Lavender Hill Florals
Florals, wedding and party needs.
359 Spring St., Jeffersonville, IN 47130, 812-288-2388

Silica Ceramic Studio
Education art studio.
246 Spring St., Jeffersonville, IN 47130, 812-913-4327

Sugar Maples
Antiques and gifts.
109 W Maple St., Jeffersonville, IN 47130, 812-285-1616

Vip Quality Awards and Gifts
Vast selection of awards in the Southern Indiana area.
409 Spring St., Jeffersonville, IN 47130, 812-542-1847

Food and Dining

Buckhead Mountain Grill
Relaxing mountain lodge atmosphere with a full selection of classic, delectable foods.

707 West Riverside Dr., Jeffersonville, IN 47130, 812-284-2919

Flat 12 Bierwerks
Local brewery creating quality beer.

130 West Riverside Dr., Jeffersonville, IN 47130, 317-635-2337

Restaurant that offers abundant variety, a fun atmosphere, friendly service and reasonable prices.

601 West Riverside Dr., Jeffersonville, IN 47130, 812-284-3474

Olive Leaf Bistro
Features a cuisine from various Mediterranean regions.

130 West Riverside Dr., Jeffersonville, IN 47130, 812-913-1252

Red Yeti Brewing Company
Restaurant and Brew Pub.

256 Spring St., Jeffersonville, IN 47130, 812-288-5788

Rocky’s Sub Pub
Great Italian American cuisine.

715 W. Riverside Dr., Jeffersonville, IN 47130, 812-282-3844

Bearno’s Pizza
Great Italian food.

700 W Riverside Dr., Jeffersonville, IN 47130, 812-282-3125

In Louisville and other near by communities


Historic Locust Grove, INC.
The home of George Rogers Clark.

561 Blankenbaker Ln. Louisville , KY 40207, 502-897-9845

Frazier History Museum
World-class history museum.
829 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202, 502-753-5663

Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
Premier performing arts venue.
501 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202, 502-584-7777

4th Street Live!
Louisville’s hotspot for dining, entertainment and retail.
420 W Liberty St, Louisville, KY 40202, 502-584-7170

Belle of Louisville
The Steamer BELLE OF LOUISVILLE is the oldest operating Mississippi River-style sternwheel steamboat in the world. She is in her 105th year of continuous operation on the Inland Rivers.
401 W River Rd, Louisville, KY 40202, 502-574-2992

Kentucky Derby Museum
Open every day.
704 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40208, 502-637-1111

Louisville Slugger Museum
Museum and factory of where the sluggers are made.
800 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202, 877-775-8443

21c Museum Hotel
Hotel and contemporary art museum.
700 W Main St, Louisville, KY, 502-217-6300

Kentucky Science Center | It’s Time to do Science!
Science, exhibits and history.
727 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202, 502-561-6100

Food and Dining

Bristol Bar and Grille
A Louisville dinning tradition.
614 W Main St #1000 Louisville, KY 40202, 502-582-1995

Hard Rock Cafe
Cafe, memorabilia and events.
Fourth Street Live!, 424 S 4th St, Louisville, KY 40202, 502-568-2202

Captain’s Quarters
Best river side dining in the area.
5700 Captains Quarters Rd, Prospect, KY 40059, 502-228-1651

Buca di Beppo
Great Italian food and fun.

2051 S Hurstbourne Pkwy, Louisville, KY 40220, 502-493-2426

Oshea’s Family of Pubs | Irish Pub Louisville Kentucky
Great shows and pub fare.
956 Baxter Ave, Louisville, KY 40204, 502-589-7373

Other Area Locations of Interest

American Queen
The American Queen is the largest overnight riverboat on the Mississippi River System. She has steam engines to drive her stern paddlewheel along with a pair of diesel/electric-driven steerable propellers to enhance maneuverability.  She has two sister vessels (American Countess and American Duchess) which are diesel operated, modern vessels available for overnight cruising on the Mississippi River System. 

Behringer Museum
The Home for Northern Kentucky’s Heritage.

Marion Sue Bradford Thompson
Marion Sue Bradford was a skilled artist who was often drawn to steamboats as the theme of her paintings.

Nautical Archaeology Program
The archaeology department at Texas A and M is attempting to excavate and model the Heroine, which was wrecked in in the Red River in 1838.
Contains great content of photos, commentaries, links and recent steamboat news items.

Sons and Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen

This historic organization is known as “America’s Steamboat Historical Society” publishes a phenomenal quarterly newsletter of interest to all river history buffs, the S&D Reflector. You do not have to be a Son or Daughter of a Pioneer Riverman to join, just having an interest in steamboat/river history is all that is needed!
This is a very comprehensive view of past and present steamboats.
This is a well-organized guidebook of things to do in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

The Riverboat TWILIGHT offers overnight cruises on the Upper Mississippi River from LeClaire Iowa to Dubuque Iowa and return. The experience is first rate and highly recommended. (800)331-1467

The Steamer NATCHEZ and her new sister vessel the authentic paddlewheeler CITY OF NEW ORLEANS run excursions and dinner trips from the Toulouse Street Wharf in New Orleans, LA. The Steamer NATCHEZ is one of the last 2 authentic sternwheel steamboats on the Mississippi River System. (800)365.2628


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