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.

Visit Us

  408 Division Street

Northfield, MN 55057

Phone number: 507-645-9268

Fax number: 507-663-6080


     Monday – Saturday 10 am to 4 pm

Sundays 12 pm to 4 pm



$5 – Adults

$4 – Seniors (65+)

$3 – Students

$2 – Children (6 to 12)

Free – Children under 6

Free – NHS Members




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Don't let the snow get you down - you can enjoy Cemetery Stories 2020 from the comfort of your own home! We're all digital this year! The link will be live until October 31.
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It's time to reveal our #maskedupmonday Northfielder! This week we have a masked-up Maggie Lee! Maggie Lee was born in Northfield in January, 1921. After graduating from Northfield High School, Maggie worked in accounting briefly before taking a position at the Northfield News. Maggie worked at the Northfield News for an astounding 68 years, eventually becoming editor. Maggie continued to write for the newspaper even after her retirement. Maggie Lee was also a founding member of the Northfield Historical Society. By the time Maggie passed away in 2013, she had become famous in Northfield for her wealth of Northfield knowledge and her love of cats and the color purple. Thanks for playing, check back next week for another Masked-up Monday! ... See MoreSee Less

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It's #maskedupmonday! Here is this week's mystery Northfielder. Leave your guesses in the comments and check back later to see who it is! ... See MoreSee Less

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Cemetery Stories 2020 starts TODAY! You can visit the Northfield Cemetery, take the tour, and listen to our featured stories or you can enjoy them from the comfort of your home! Go to: to access the map and the stories. The program is FREE, but donations are appreciated.

This link will be live from October 15 to 31.
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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