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The Howard Museum, housed in a mansion built in 1894

Take a step back into the historic Steamboat Era with a tour of the Howard Steamboat Museum. This beautiful 1894-built Mansion is a 22-room marvel built in the Richardsonian Romanesque style. It was the home of the famous Howard steamboat building family of Jeffersonville. Our fascinating collection features original furnishings, brass gasoliers, stained glass windows, intricate carvings throughout and a magnificent black walnut grand staircase replicated from a famous steamboat. It is truly an intriguing spectacle to behold in its old world charm!

Master craftsmen from the family shipyard created much of the exquisite decor features in the mansion. Howard built steamboats included, the luxurious J.M. White , the speed record holding City of Louisville and the popular Indiana. Models, photographs, paintings, half-hull models, tools, and other amazing historic artifacts abound in our unique Jeffersonville museum.  The mansion features 90% original family furnishings in our formal rooms, ensuring a true step into another time.



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
Saturday 10:00 AM-3:00 PM
Sunday 12:00 PM- 3:00 PM

Last self-guided tour at 3:00 pm
Last guided tour at 2:30pm

During the summer months we are on Eastern Daylight Time (same as Louisville), otherwise, Eastern Standard Time. Upscale and fast food restaurants are located nearby. Please see our Local Interest page for dining, shopping, and other attractions


Adults: $12.00
Seniors (65+), Military, AAA, and AARP: $10.00

Children 6 – 18 and Students: $7.00

Children Under 6 with an adult: Free

The Howard Steamboat Museum is open year round. Both guided and self-guided tours are offered.

Group Tours

Group Rates (for 10 or more persons) are available upon request. For group rates, you must make reservations at least one month in advance. Please see our Group Tours page for more information.

In the even of inclement weather, please call the museum to make sure we are open: (812) 283-3728

Contact Us

Museum: (812) 283-3728
Carriage House: (812) 913-4591

Museum: info@howardsteamboatmuseum.org
Carriage House, a premiere rental venue: carriagehouse@howardsteamboatmuseum.org

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