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. 

Welcome Home to the Howards!


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 1:00 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. Buses welcome with prior reservation. Upscale and fast food restaurants are located nearby.

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

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 info about local amenities.

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: thecarriagehousehsm@gmail.com


You can also leave us a general message.

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Our Mission Statement

The Clark County Historical Society/Howard Steamboat Museum, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of the famous three-generation steamboat building Howard family, their legacy, and the lore of the Great Steamboat Era.

Out of respect for the jewel of history we offer, we ask that you refrain from:

  • bringing food and/or drink into the Mansion
  • visiting with pets on our campus due to insurance concerns.
  • smoking on the campus or its buildings at all times.