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 1 pm to 4 pm


    Museum Visits with Guides Only

Monday – Friday: 10 to 2:30 pm 

  Saturdays: 11 to 3 pm

Sundays: 1 to 3 pm


$5 – Adults

$4 – Seniors (65+)

$3 – Students

$2 – Children (6 to 12)

Free – Children under 6

Free – NHS Members




Visiting the Museum: 

What You Need To Know

The following tips will help you know what to expect before you plan your next visit to our museum.

1. We require all visitors to wear a mask during their visit as we comply with Governor Walz’s Executive Order 20-81. 

2. All museum visitors must be on a guided tour. Guided tours will be available for groups of 10 or less to allow for social distancing. 

3. Much of the story of the 1876 raid will be told outdoors. Groups will have the opportunity to briefly walk through the museum with the guide. 

4. The museum store is open to five or fewer shoppers at a time. Items may also be ordered via our online store with curbside pickup available. 

Virtual 5K/ 15K Run 

    August 30 – September 11


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It's time to reveal this week's #maskedupmonday! Masked up this week is Hiram Scriver! Hiram Scriver was born in Quebec, Canada in 1830. In 1856 he came to Northfield and purchased a dry goods store on the site of the present day block which houses Northfield Historical Society and bears his name. Scriver became Northfield's first mayor in 1875 and was a trustee of Carleton College, as well as the president of First National Bank from 1878 until his death in 1890. Thanks for playing, check back next week for another Masked-up Monday! ... 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