The Museum and Historic Bank Site will be closed

November 21- December 20

due to the executive order issued by Governor Walz. 

The museum store will remain open.

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    10 am to 4 pm

Tuesday    10 am to 4 pm

Wednesday    1 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

Introducing the History Hideout

The History Hideout is paused for now. It will return

when the executive order re-opening the museum is issued. )

The History Hideout is a dedicated room at the museum available for a family to reserve for two hours on Sundays between the hours of noon and 4 pm. The History Hideout will be furnished with items for hands-on fun for the entire family such as school desks and slates, costumes, storybooks and historical nonfiction books, games, puzzles, and activities. To assure the safety of all, the museum will be closed to the general public during the reserved time, and up to ten family members can use the space. Hand sanitizer and wipes will be provided and items will be sanitized or quarantined before their next use.

The cost is $50, which covers museum admission and a staff person on site. NHS members can reserve the room for $40. Make a reservation by calling 507-645-9268 or by emailing Weekend reservations must be made by the preceding Thursday.

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.


November 19 is Give to the Max Day!

You can follow the link below to donate.

Or read more under the ‘Support NHS’ tab.

 Santa Photos/ James Gang Photos

December 5  – CANCELED


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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