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


Winter Hours

Monday    By Appointment Only

Tuesday     12 pm to 4 pm

Wednesday   12 pm to 4 pm

Thursday   10 am to 4 pm

Friday        10 am to 4 pm

Saturday    10 am to 4 pm

Sundays    By Appointment Only



$5 – Adults

$4 – Seniors (65+)

$3 – Students

$2 – Children (6 to 12)

Free – Children under 6

Free – NHS Members

Book the History Hideout for Spring Break!

The History Hideout is available for DAILY reservations throughout spring break, March 21 – March 28. The cost of the two hour reservation is $45 which also covers museum admission. NHS members can reserve the room for $40. Make a reservation by calling 507-645-9268 or by emailing osterman@ Reservations must be made for spring break dates at least a day ahead of the reservation. 

Funding for the History Hideout was provided by the Minnesota Humanities Council through the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan.


Podcast Episode

Comparing Spanish Influenza and COVID 19 in Northfield

The original podcast episode collaboration

between NHS and Carleton College

2021 Calendar

March           20 – Prohibition Party (Annual Spring Fundraiser)

April              1—Summer Hours Begin

June               TBD—Cemetery Stories presented by SCOPE

                       Raid Walking Tours

                       Historic Walking Tour

                       TBD – Adventures of John North program  begins

August           TBD—Adventures of John North program  ends

September    8-12—DJJD

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



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The Northfield Historical Society has FABULOUS sponsors for the Prohibition Party! Johnson Reiland Builders and Remondelers, Mary Winter at ReMax Advantage Plus, DMW Financial, Culligan Ultrapure, and 95.1 The One. Thank you for the support!! ... See MoreSee Less
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It's time to reveal this week's #WhatsitWednesday! This week's item is a vintage bottle of Jose Cuervo tequila, vintage tequila included! This bottle dates to approximately 1938 and was originally from the Last Man Club. Just six years earlier the club would have had to toast using non-alcoholic beverages, as Prohibition did not end until 1933! Want to learn more about Prohibition in Northfield? Tune in to our virtual Prohibition party and fundraiser on March 20! Register for the link on our website and stay tuned for more info on fun prizes that will be available! ... 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