Visit Us

408 Division Street

Northfield, MN 55057

Phone number: 507-645-9268

Fax number: 507-663-6080


Monday – Saturday 10 am to 5 pm

Closed Sundays in January & February

Guided Tours

   Daily, Early June through Labor Day


$5 – Adults

$4 – Seniors (65+)

$3 – Students

$2 – Children (6 to 12)

Free – Children under 6

Free – NHS Members


 By Appointment Only 



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.

Check out our listing for

2020 programs and events.

Find out all of the ways you can have fun

as you learn about Northfield!

Up next: NHS Annual Meeting

The Grand Theatre, Feb. 28, 2020

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It's been a busy week at NHS. We've started working on the space for the NEW raid exhibit. Walls and trim are painted, artifact mounts are being constructed, and guns are being fitted for their new cases. It's getting exciting! ... See MoreSee Less

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It's a sad day at NHS. This is Stephanie Hess' last day with us. For four and a half years she has overseen the growth of the Northfield History Collaborative, digitized most of the photos that NHS has, answered research requests, transcribed hundreds of pages of documents, researched and installed amazing exhibits, and managed the Malt-O-Meal collection. NHS would not be where it is today without her vast array of skills! She is headed for the next big opportunity in her career. Join me in wishing her all the best! ... See MoreSee Less

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Have you gotten your 2019 Christmas ornament yet? NHS is open until 5 on Saturday, 1 to 5 on Sunday, and 10 to 5 on Monday. You still have time to pick up this little memento of Northfield! ... See MoreSee Less

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There aren't many shopping days left before Christmas and NHS has only a handful of ornaments left. Get yours while we still have them! ... See MoreSee Less

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Susan Hvistendahl and Jeff Sauve are at the museum tonight signing their new book on the history of the St. Olaf band. 600 hundred pages of history! ... See MoreSee Less

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What Visitors Are Saying about the Northfield Historical Society

Visited with teenagers. They enjoyed the variety of explanations including a video orientation. Well done! Great restoration and presentation of a time after the Civil War when times were still turbulent.
Richard J., Gainesville, Georgia

We really enjoyed seeing this museum. They kept the actual bank part of it as it was when Jesse James and friends tried to abscond with the money. The film was very informative and we left feeling that we well understood what took place.
Kelly B.

Certainly worth the $5 admission…The young lady who walked us through the bank was a high school student who volunteers at the museum, She did a better job as a storyteller relating the events than many adults… Trip Advisior

Three of the four of us [on the tour] are James historians, with one of us a person who works at the James Farm and two of us are James writers. We found the tour to be accurate and well done by our tour guide.
Elizabeth J. Lexington, Missouri

The Historical Society was very well done. There was a $5.00 entry fee and it was worth it. We watched a film on Jesse James and read more about him. It also had a room describing Malt o Meal. It’s worth the stop.
Via Trip Advisor

This is not your typical “any town” Historical Society Museum… Annie T. - Yelp