The mission of the Northfield Historical Society is to connect individuals to the history

of the Northfield area by collecting, preserving, and sharing its unique stories.

For Information on the Defeat of Jesse James Days Celebration, Go To The Defeat of Jesse James Days Website.

The Northfield Historical Society Does Not Manage The Celebration. 

Visit Us

  408 Division Street

Northfield, MN 55057

Phone number: 507-645-9268

Fax number: 507-663-6080



$5 – Adults

$4 – Seniors (65+)

$3 – Students

$2 – Children (6 to 12)

Free – Children under 6

Free – NHS Members

Plan Your Visit


June 1 – September 4

Monday – Saturday     10 to 4

Sunday                          12 to 4



The Northfield Bank Raid

John Sletten: Northfield’s Cobbler Artist


Customize Your Visit

Join a Guided Tour

 Go Through The Museum on Your Own

Pick Up Discussion Prompts for Adults or Students

Play I Spy With your Kids

Use a Spanish Language Booklet to Read Along






2021 Calendar

August              25 – Adventures of John North program  ends

September       1-11 – Outlaw Run Virtual 5K/15K Run-Walk


                           12—Outlaw Run 5K/15K Run-Walk


Outlaw Run registration is open!

For information on the VIRTUAL run (September 1 – 11)

or the LIVE run (September 12)


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The Vintage Band Festival is back in Bridge Square! Come enjoy a variety of big band music and while you're there, stop in and check out the museum. We have exhibits on the 1876 bank robbery and for a limited time, an art exhibit on J.J. Sletten. The Vintage Band Festival runs well into the evening, but the musuem is only open until 4 pm so stop in now! ... See MoreSee Less
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In 1908 Northfield shoe maker John Jacob Sletten painted a portrait based on this photograph and titled it, "The Unsolved Problem." The painting was selected to be featured in a national exhibit on Scandinavian artists in 1912 and was displayed at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York. We are pleased to announce that "The Unsolved Problem" is now on display in our exhibit, "John J. Sletten: Northfield's Cobbler Artist." The painting is on loan for this exhibit, so visit the museum to see this award-winning piece while you can! You can also view some of Sletten's other works and learn about his career as a shoe maker. General admission is $5 for adults. Kids under 6, NHS members, and military veterans get in free! ... See MoreSee Less
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Wait... what? CHRISTMAS in July?! We're celebrating Crazy Daze for the rest of the month at NHS. Stop down and check out our discounted merchandise. Our best deal is on the 2020 Historic Christmas ornament featuring the Northfield Hospital. Only $9.95! And you can take your ornament right off the tree. Stop down and celebrate Christmas just a little bit early with us! ... See MoreSee Less
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Thanks to one of our dedicated volunteers we are pleased to announce that Bob Younger's saddle is back on display in a new enclosure. Pandemic restrictions may be lifting but you should always practice social distancing when viewing historic objects😏. Stop in to see it now, and if you or someone you know is interested in getting involved at the museum we have many volunteer opportunities available! ... See MoreSee Less
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